The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, 2nd Edition

by John W. Collins III and Nancy Patricia O'Brien, Editors


Cyberbullying, Internet addiction, cultural competence, generational teaching. All of these are terms and concepts relevant to education in the second decade of the 21st century. As new technologies explode and the need to cater to diverse populations becomes ever more pressing, the terminology of education is shifting, too. How does one keep up?

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July 2011


Pages 581
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education

This book defines over 3,000 terms from the field of education to assist those charged with teaching students to become global citizens in a rapidly changing, technological society.

John W. Collins and Nancy Patricia O'Brien, coeditors of the first edition of The Greenwood Dictionary of Education published in 2003, have acknowledged and addressed these shifts. This revised second edition supplements the extensive content of the first through greater focus on subjects such as neurosciences in educational behavior, gaming strategies as a learning technique, social networking, and distance education. Terms have been revised, where necessary, to represent changes in educational practice and theory.

The Dictionary's focus is on current and evolving terminology specific to the broad field of education, although terms from closely related fields used in the context of education are also included. Encompassing the history of education as well as its future trends, the updated second edition will aid in the understanding and use of terms as they apply to contemporary educational research, practice, and theory.


  • 3,050 A–Z entries, including over 400 new and revised definitions
  • 128 contributors from a variety of specialized areas related to education
  • Three tables and graphs to illustrate specific aspects of mathematics and evaluation in education
  • An introduction on education terminology by editors John W. Collins and Nancy Patricia O'Brien, distinguished librarians in the study of education
  • Author attributions for each definition
  • An extensive, updated bibliography of sources that identify and explain terms used within education


  • Updates the 2003 edition with important new terms
  • Provides easy access to new and evolving terminology in the general field of education
  • Facilitates the understanding and use of contemporary terms as they apply to educational research, practice, and theory
  • Includes acronyms and initialisms within the main alphabetical body of the dictionary
Author Info

John W. Collins III is librarian at the Monroe C. Gutman Library and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Collins received the Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries in 2008. He is coeditor of Digital Reference Service in the New Millennium: Planning, Management, and Evaluation and coauthor of "Proposal for the Creation of a Subdiscipline: Education Informatics," the feature article in Teachers College Record, Oct. 2010.

Nancy Patricia O'Brien is head of the Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Education: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources and coeditor of the Directory of Test Collections in Academic, Professional and Research Collections. She is the 1997 recipient of the Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries.



"The Greenwood Dictionary of Education (1st ed., CH, Jun'04, 41-5664) is a standard on library shelves. The second edition defines more than 3,500 terms germane to education and related fields such as law, psychology, and neuroscience. . . . Recommended."Choice

"This is a valuable reference for those seeking quick definitions of educational terms in a single location. A worthy purchase for late undergraduate and graduate education collections."Library Journal

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