Educational Foundations: Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives by Grace HuertaEducational Foundations: Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives by Grace Huerta

Educational Foundations: Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives

byGrace Huerta

Paperback | December 28, 2007

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This innovative new program for the Foundations of Education course combines traditional coverage of the history, philosophy, and sociology of education with content for multicultural education courses, examining the wide diversity of classrooms across the US. In addition to blending these important perspectives, the text examines the interrelationship between the history and structure of the American education system, the changing nature of the teaching profession, and the socio-cultural factors influencing education. The author considers foundational themes from a critical theory perspective. Often, preservice teachers lack the basic understanding of why inequities exist in today's schools. They are unaware of the historical events that put a system in place and are not empowered with strategies to address these issues once they enter a classroom. Providing students with this important background information, this text's goal is to enable teachers to help every child fulfill his or her potential.
Dr. Grace Huerta is an Associate Professor at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 1994 from Arizona State University. Her areas of research include multicultural education, educational foundations, qualitative research methodology, teaching strategies, and ESL/bilingual education....
Title:Educational Foundations: Diverse Histories, Diverse PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.9 × 7.9 × 0.6 inPublished:December 28, 2007Publisher:Wadsworth PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0618562559

ISBN - 13:9780618562558


Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.I. A Foundational Framework1. Historical Perspectives Informing the Schooling of a Diverse Society: A Legacy of Inclusion and ExclusionFirst Person: Anyone Can Make It in America, but Not AloneGreek Influences on American EducationAn Education Program for a New CountryThe Education of Immigrants: A Historical OverviewImmigration in a Contemporary ContextThe Legacy of Educational Exclusion: African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans and Asian AmericansArab Americans Seeking Understanding amid the Stereotypes2. Educational PhilosophyFirst Person: Making Time to Care About Philosophy: Connections to Practice and Social JusticeThe Role of Philosophy in the Teaching ProfessionLeaders Whose Educational Philosophies Cross and Blur BordersII. The Teaching Profession: Our Callings, Our Challenges3. Entering the Teaching ProfessionFirst Person: Anyone Can Teach: The Default MajorThe Important Role of Teachers in a Democratic SocietyThe Process: Securing Licensure and CertificationExpectations of Teachers: Tenure and EvaluationEducational Reform''s Impact on the Teaching Profession TodayThe Education Job Market: Projected Needs and Recruitment StrategiesNew-Teacher Induction Programs: Inconsistencies4. Equity and Educational PracticeFirst Person: Minority Communities "Don''t Care About Kids" and Other MythsWhat Is Equal Opportunity?Poverty, Segregated Communities, and Segregated SchoolsSocial and Educational Outcomes of DesegregationIntersections Between Educational Practice and Socioeconomic StatusThe No Child Left Behind Act and Education EquityImplications for EducatorsEngaging Family and CommunityIII. School Structure, Finance, and Public School Law5. School Governance and Community TiesFirst Person: We Don''t Care About the Politics!The Role of the State Board of Education and Office of EducationLocal Control: School Districts, School Boards, and Departments of EducationSchool Structures, School ChoicesPrivatization of Public Schools: Charter SchoolsCharter, School Choice, and Voucher Initiatives: Controversial ImplicationsThe Home School Movement6. Paying the Bills--School FundingFirst Person: Unequal Funding Equals Unequal SchoolsEducational Funding: A Historical OverviewFederal Educational Initiatives: New ResponsibilitiesContemporary Finance SystemsState Funding of the Public Schools: TaxationFunding Schools EquitablyThe Impact of Demographics on School Finance7. Public School LawFirst Person: Following the Law: Did I Do My Job?Teachers and the Law: An IntroductionSecuring Employment, Securing a ContractLosing a Job: Contributing Factors Regarding DismissalTeacher''s Rights and Liability IssuesTeachers'' Private LivesTeacher''s RightsWhat Can and What Cannot Be Taught?Students'' RightsIV. Educators in Action: The Local Classroom, the Global Classroom8. Teacher Practice: Understanding the WorkFirst Person: Minority Parents "Don''t Care About Their Kids"Effective Teaching: Characteristics, Theory, and StrategiesUnderstanding Ability Differences: Multiple IntelligencesUnderstanding Sorting and TrackingLinking Theory and PracticeThe Eurocentric and Inclusive CurriculaWho Is Responsible for Students'' Classroom Behavior?Parental Involvement in the Learning Process9. Understanding AssessmentFirst Person: Teaching to the TestHistory of Student Assessment StrategiesThe Identification of Goals and ObjectivesThe Politicization of National and State Assessment StandardsWhat Knowledge Is Measured and HowAssessment Instruments Commonly Used: Strengths and WeaknessesThe Impact of Standardized Test Outcomes on TeachersThe Impact of Standardized Test Outcomes on Diverse LearnersAlternative Assessment Strategies10. Exploring the Relationship Between American Culture and EducationFirst Person: Is a Culturally Relevant Curriculum Just About Celebrating Holidays?What Is Culture?American Cultural ValuesAmerican C