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Education Today: Issues, Policies & Practices

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note



Volume 1

Section 1: History of Education

Aristotle and Realism

Early Roots of Modern American Education

History of Public Education in the U.S

John Locke and Education

Modern European Influences on American Education

Chautauqua Movement

Education of Women in the U.S

Education Reform Movements

Minorities and Education in America

History of Teacher Education

Women in Education

Social History of American Education

Section 2: Education Theory

Plato and Education

Karl Marx and Education

Paulo Freire

Gagné’s Conditions of Learning

Seymour Papert and Constructionism

Postmodernism and Education

Affective Domain

Assimilation Theory

Attribution Theory


Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Cognitive Theories





Theory of Mind

Social Learning Theory

Experiential Learning

Transformative Learning

Multiple Intelligences

Learning Styles

Taxonomy of Educational Objectives—The Cognitive Domain

Educational Anthropology

Sociology of Education

Social Change Education

Social Development Model

Social Justice in Education

Section 3: Education Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience

Brain-Based Learning

Cognitive Development

Social Cognition

Socio-Emotional Development

Pyramid Model

Adolescent Development

Addressing Student Sleep Deprivation

Developmental Psychology

Personality Theories

Self-Determination Theory



Intelligence Scales

Abstract Thinking Skills


Instructional Design

Token Economy

Mathematics Anxiety

Affective Variable

Section 4: Education and the Law

Equal Educational Opportunity

School Desegregation

Evolution vs. Creation

School Prayer

Freedom of Religion and Public Education

Freedom of Expression and Public Education

Parental Rights and Public Education

Student Rights in the Public Schools

Undocumented Immigrant Students

Title IX

Inclusive Education Laws

Academic Freedom

Out of School Faculty Behavior

Sexual Misconduct in the Schools

School Safety Legislation

Search and Seizure in the Public Schools

Dispensing Birth Control in Public Schools

Race, Class, and School Discipline

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Fear of Litigation

Section 5: Politics, Government & Education

Education and the Economy

Public Education Finance

Equalization Aid

Identity Politics in Education

Cultural Capital & U.S. Education


Teacher’s Unions—Past and Present

Collective Bargaining and Teachers’ Unions

Minority Teacher Shortages

U.S. Educational Indicators


Overcrowding in Schools

English-Only Movement

School Choice

School Vouchers

Spellings Report

Teacher Tenure

Tuition-Free College

Section 6: School Administration & Policy

Becoming a Public School Administrator

Centralized Administration

Decision-Making Structures and Processes

School Superintendency

School Boards and Committees

Education Leadership Policy

School Leadership

Public School Accountability

School Improvement Plans (SIP)

School Accreditation

School-Based Management

Student Governments

Instructional Leadership

Highly Qualified Teachers

Performance-Based Salaries

Staff Performance Evaluations

Teacher Supervising

Classroom Autonomy

School Culture and School Reform Efforts

School Climate

“Sick” School Buildings

School Dropout Issues

Marketing of Education

Section 7: Public School Education

Urban Education

Rural Education

Class Size

The Pledge of Allegiance & Moment of Silence Controversy

Grade Inflation

School Nursing

School Librarianship

Strategies in Teaching Math

Teaching Reading and Writing

Teaching English and Literature

Teaching Poetry

Teaching Creative Writing

Teaching Humanities

Teaching History

Teaching Science in U.S. Public Schools

Teaching Social Studies

Teaching Foreign Languages in U.S. Public Schools

Teaching Physical Education

Teaching Health and Sex Education

Teaching the Gifted Student

Teaching Life Skills

Teaching Industrial Arts/Technology Education

Teaching Study Skills

Business Curriculum

Library and Resource Instruction

Public School Education: Middle Grades

The Creative Writing Classroom

Section 8: Higher Education

Land-Grant Universities

African-American Colleges and Universities

Tribal Colleges

Access to Higher Education

Grants and Private Funding

Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Admissions Policies

Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education

Community College Education

Accelerated Degree Programs

Virtual Universities

Non-Traditional Minority Students

Non-Traditional Older Students

Underprepared College Students

Writing Centers

Academic Dishonesty in Colleges and Universities

Student Retention

College Housing

Crime on College Campuses in the U.S

Diploma Mills (Degree Mills)

Section 9: School Safety

Social Concerns among Students

Conflict Mediation

Crisis Management

Violence Prevention

Weapons in the Schools

Zero Tolerance Policies

School-to-Prison Pipeline


School Security

School Health Services

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs

Laboratory Safety in the Schools

Internet Safety

Dress Codes and Uniforms in Public Schools

Gang Involvement

Juvenile Delinquency/Truancy


Guns on Campus

Volume 2

Section 1: Multicultural & Diversity Education

Achievement Gap

Multicultural Education

Critical Pedagogy

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Pluralism

Cultural Values and their Impact on Education

Multicultural Curricula

Monoculturalism (Cultural Conservatism)

White Privilege: The Invisible Advantages and Apparent Disadvantages

Faculty/Staff Diversity

Section 2: Curriculum and Organization

Anti-Bias Curriculum

Home Visits

School Orientation and Open House

Parent-Teacher Conferences

State Curriculum Guidelines

Academic Learning Time

Continuous Progress Approach

Integrated Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Elective Courses

Non-Graded Instruction

Multi-Age Classrooms

Information Technology Literacy (ITL)

Coding in the Curriculum

Ability Grouping


Same-Sex Classrooms

Self-Contained Classrooms

Personalized Learning

Advanced Placement Program

Dual Enrollment

Student Internships

Student Exchange Programs

Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Field Trips

Course Scheduling

Open Classrooms

Section 3: Early Childhood Education

Daycare Programs

Child Development Programs

Early Childhood/Preschool Education

Head Start Program

Home Visits

Childhood Development

Language Development

Developmental Risks

Early Intervention

Montessori Method

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Full-Day Kindergarten

Emergent Literacy

Section 4: Guidance & Counseling

School Guidance Centers

Counseling Methods

Course Scheduling

Academic Interventions

Birth Order & Educational Achievement

College Placement Counseling

Vocational Counseling

Multicultural Counseling Programs

Peer Counseling Programs

Counseling Students Who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning

School Programs to Address Teen Pregnancy Issues

Substance Abuse Counseling

Students with Mental Illness

When Students Encounter Death

Section 5: Teaching Methods


Schema Theory

Socratic Method

Direct Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

Remedial Education

Whole Language

Reader-Response Methods

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

Reciprocal Teaching

Assessment for Learning

Student Mentoring

Concept Mapping

Process Writing

Paraphrasing Strategy

Writing Across the Curriculum

Transmedia Storytelling

Game-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning

Cooperative Learning

Instructional Modeling

Lesson Planning

Classroom Management

Classroom Environment

Team Teaching

Reflective Teaching

Section 6: Special Education

Learners who are Exceptional

Service Coordination

Residential Care Education



Assessment for Exceptional Learners

Functional Behavior Assessment

Multidisciplinary Evaluation

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Individualized Education Plans

Inclusive Education

Mainstreaming in the Public Schools

Instructional Design for Special Education

Universal Design for Learning

Homebound Education

Resource Room in Special Education

Sheltered Workshops

Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

Teaching Students with Autism

Teaching Dyslexic Students

Teaching Students with ADHD

Teaching Students with Physical Disabilities

Teaching the Gifted Student

Behavior Intervention—Seclusion and Restraints

Communication-Based Intervention

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)

Education for the Deaf

Title I

Remedial Education

Transition Planning

Family Involvement in Special Education

Adaptive Skills and Behavior

Applied Behavioral Analysis

Section 7: ESOL

Teaching English as a Second Language

Structured English Immersion in ESL Instruction

Bilingual Education

Second Language Acquisition


Communicative Competence

English for Specific Purposes

Inter-language Pragmatics


Audio-lingual Method

World Englishes

Teaching Heritage Languages

Peer Response for Second Language Learners

Writing Assessment for Second Language Learners

Caring for Infants and Young Children

Section 8: Physical Education

Exercise Science

Sport Psychology

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness

Motivation and Achievement

Athletics and Academics

Gender in School Athletics

Adapted Physical Education

Principles of Conditioning

Intramural Sports

Competitive Stress


Character and Moral Development in Sport Physical Education

First Aid—CPR Training in Schools

Interscholastic Coaching

Paying College Athletes

Athletic Training

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Volume 3

Section 1: Technology in Education

Computers in the Classroom

Computer-Assisted Instruction

Assistive Technology in Education

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Social Media as a Teaching and Learning Tool

Technology Access Gap

iPads in the Classroom

Web 2.0 in the Schools

Anchored Instruction

Online Learning Preparation

Artificial Intelligence in Schools

Hypermedia in Education

Educational Software

STEM Fields and STEM Education

Integrated Learning Systems

Intelligent Tutoring Systems

E-books and Educational Outcomes

Section 2: Testing and Evaluation

Intelligence Testing

Aptitude Testing

Achievement Tests

Psychological Testing

Classroom Evaluation


Grades and Report Cards

Diagnostic Teaching and Testing

Formative and Summative Assessments

Authentic Assessment

Alternative Assessment

Norm-Referenced Testing

Criterion-Referenced Testing

Item Response Theory

Assessing Digital Literacy

Student Peer Evaluation

Test Bias

High School Exit Exams

College Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examinations

Teacher Competency Requirements

Section 3: Alternative Education

Overview of Alternative Education

Alternative College Prep Programs

Distance Learning

Blended Learning

Charter Schools

Magnet Schools

Pilot Schools

Home Schooling

Boarding Schools

Waldorf Schools

Tribal Education

American Heritage Education

Military Education

Naturalist Teaching and Learning

Environmental Education

Outdoor Adventure Education

Agricultural Education

Religious Education in the U.S

Section 4: Extended Learning

Educational Television in the Classroom

Out of School Time Programs

Extended School Year

Summer Learning Loss

Community/Youth Programs

Extracurricular Activities and Programs

Supplemental Education Services

Section 5: Service Learning

Adult Education Programs

Community-School Partnerships

Community Service Education

Civics Education in the Schools

Parent Volunteers in Schools

Volunteer Teaching Opportunities

Student Leadership

Service Learning for Disabled Students

Gap Year

Section 6: Teacher Education

Teacher Certification and Licensure

In-Service Education Programs

Highly Qualified Teachers

Master Teachers

Microteaching Labs

Teachers’ Computer Literacy

Student Evaluation of Teachers

Employment Opportunities in Teaching

Section 7: Adult Education

Adult Learning Theory


Adult Education Programs

Adult Literacy Programs

GED Programs

Career Transition Education Resources

Industrial and Work-Based Education


Citizenship Classes

English as a Second Language for Adults

Family Literacy Programs

Lifelong Learning

Section 8: International Perspectives

Globalization and Education

Gender Disparities in World Education

Charities and Global Education

Poverty Reduction Strategies

UNESCO-Education for All

Teaching in Developing Countries

International Education Indicators

International Student Mobility

International Baccalaureate

Study Abroad Programs

Fulbright Program

National Education Plans

Non-Formal Education

Skills Development Programs

Terms & Concepts