|Publication Date: 09/2003|
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|Hardcover|| ||$45.00|| ||978-1-85109-461-5|
A Reference Handbook
Valerie J. Janesick
Curriculum Trends is an authoritative exploration of curriculum history in America and the theory and foundations currently influencing school practices for pre-K through 12th grade.
Educational reform. Charter schools. The standards movement. High stakes testing. Bilingual education. The controversies surrounding what we teach our children and how we do it have existed since John Dewey espoused his ideas concerning educational reform in the early 1900s. How do we decide what—and how—to teach our children?
Curriculum Trends: A Reference Handbook presents the most expansive, up-to-date survey of curriculum development in the United States, ranging from its history and the origins of the cry for higher standards, to societal influences on schools and the legal challenges they face today.
Supported by examples illustrating both successful and failed school reforms, critical developments of the past 25 years and their impacts—including the rise of charter schools, home schooling, the standards movement, high-stakes testing, and authentic assessment—are carefully analyzed. The first work to examine ethical concerns with multicultural and multilingual students also addresses professionalism in teaching and teacher education.
• Includes a timeline from the 1890s to the present day of the key events that shaped America's schools
• Includes up-to-date websites, list serves, and resources as well as a listing of professional organizations devoted to understanding curriculum studies
• Considers the demands placed on teachers and principals given the public assault on education
• Explains how high-stakes testing and the standards movement are contributing to changes in how students are taught today
• Examines ethical issues facing teachers and students related to assessment practices and other issues
Valerie J. Janesick is professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. She is the author of ABC-CLIO's The Assessment Debate: A Reference Handbook as well as Stretching Exercises for Qualitative Researchers, 2nd ed.
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