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Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education/All Chapters


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Dynamic Learning Environment
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Philosophy and Ethics
What are the philosophies of education?
What is the purpose of schooling?
What is the philosophy of Wikipedia and Wikibooks?
What does it mean to be an ethical teacher?
What does equality mean in American education?
How should teachers teach ethics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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History
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Dynamic Learning Environment
Why is engagement important?
How can we motivate students?
What roles do fun and joy play in the learning environment?
What is the role of edutainment?
What are various strategies that can be employed for meaningful learning?
How can we teach students to evaluate resources for learning?
How can teachers continue to educate themselves?
How can we promote learning from peers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Educational Change
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The History of American Education
What are the markers of the 17th Century?
What are the markers of the 18th Century?
What are the markers of the 19th Century?
What are the markers of the 20th Century?
What are the markers of the 21st Century?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Barriers
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Educational Change and the Future of Education
What is the Allen/Cosby theory of change?
How has the NCLB act formed visions of change?
What are the goals for educational change?
What are the desired outcomes of educational change?
What is the role of standards?
How can we train Americans to compete in a constantly changing world work force?
Why are all subjects are essential to be taught?
Why do we need health and physical education in our schools?
How should foreign languages be taught?
How can we improve early childhood education (3- and 4-year-olds) for all?
How can we find other ways to finance American schools?
How can we educate students for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Educational Change
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Classroom Issues
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Some of the Barriers to Effective Education
How is obsolescence a barrier?
How is mobility a barrier?
How is equity a barrier?
How is accountability a barrier?
How can class size act as a barrier?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Forgotten Half
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Classroom Issues
How do we discipline?
What are reward systems, and do they work?
Are teachers isolated?
How do student dynamics impact learning?
What is the role of motivation?
Can discipline be done positively?
How can resistance to working with others be overcome?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Staffing Practices
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The Forgotten Half: Those Who Do Not Succeed in American Education
Who is the curriculum designed for, and why?
What are the alternatives?
What is the Hope Factor?
How do we combat learned helplessness?
How do differences in perception and reality affect learning?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Administration
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Staffing Practices
Are teachers interchangeable?
What are the positives and negatives of class size?
Credentialism—how has this impacted education?
What are the roles of paraprofessionals?
How can we recruit, select, and train new teachers?
Should teachers be allowed to unionize?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Curriculum Development
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Administering the School
What is the role of the principal?
How should personnel be evaluated?
What does it mean for leadership to be ethical?
What are the legal issues?
How are schools financed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Technology
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Curriculum Development
What is the standards movement?
Can schools integrate vocational and academic learning?
Why is special education an issue for all teachers?
How do we plan lessons, and why is it important?
How has technology impacted instructional design?
What constitutes an effective instructional method?
Is a national curriculum needed?
What factors influence curriculum design?
What is the importance of early intervention in reading performance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Relationships
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Technology in Education
What role does technology play?
How might technology revolutionize education in the future?
What are the pros and cons of technology in the classroom?
How should the Internet be integrated into the classroom?
Can teachers be replaced by computers?
Should students have the ability to use computers in the classroom?
Should students write their own textbooks?
What technology should a teacher use in the classroom?
How can PowerPoint presentations be used effectively?
What is the role of social media in instruction?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Multiculturalism
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School/Community/Parental Relationships
Where is the school/community disconnect?
What are the mutual responsibilities of teachers, parents, and the community for effective schools?
Is there unity in diversity?
How can families and schools better communicate?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Relationships
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Knowing
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Knowing

 

Multiculturalism
What is the global context for education?
How has our multicultural world changed the responsibilities of teachers?
How have gender issues changed our views?
How should we think about minorities?
Is being different bad?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Assessment
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Knowing What We Know, Knowing What They Know
What do we know about brain research?
How do people learn?
What role does action research play?
Why is feedback important?
How can we be encouraging?
Why is applied and abstract reasoning so important to the learning process?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Acknowledgment
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Assessment Practices in Education
What roles do assessment of performance and performance appraisal play in schools and administrations?
How can we develop new testing systems emphasizing such areas as creativity and knowing how to work with ideas and abstractions, and functioning on teams?
How can we create and monitor high performance schools?
What is the role of Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate in creating national standards?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Accountability
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Acknowledging Differences and Complexity
How can we encourage students and teachers to consider multiple perspectives?
What are the different concepts of intelligence?
What is lifelong learning?
What is service-learning?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Choice
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How Should Schools Be Held Accountable?
How should teachers be held accountable?
How should parents be held accountable?
How should students be held accountable?
How can we meet NCLB quality standards?
How should society respond to under-performing schools?
How should society reward outstanding schools and teachers?
How can teachers be flexible in an era of accountability?
What makes NCLB an enemy of quality education?
What makes NCLB the savior of quality education?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Feedback
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Choice
What is the case for home schooling?
What is the case against home schooling?
What is the case against vouchers?
What role do charter schools play in education?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Special Needs
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Student Assessment and Feedback
How can we construct effective measurements, including exams?
What are the principles of effective assessment?
What are feedback skills?
How should group work be assessed?
What role should peer evaluation play in grading and course work?
When should qualitative or quantitative assessments be used?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Special Needs
How can we best teach children with disabilities?
How can we best teach children with autism?
How can we learn to understand children with ADD?
How can we best accommodate children with hearing impairments?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Hot Topics in Education
What is the ideal amount of homework to assign?
What are the effects of the home environment on learning?
Should school be held year-round?
Should school districts implement school uniform policies?
What can be done about the issue of bullying?
What effects do inequities in school funding have on teaching and learning?
What teaching styles can educators employ?