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21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook offers 100 chapters written by leading experts in the field that highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates facing educators today. This comprehensive and authoritative two-volume work provides undergraduate education majors with insight into the rich array of issues inherent in education—issues informing debates that involve all Americans.Key Features:· Provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source ideal for their classroom research needs, preparation for GREs, and research into directions to take in pursuing a graduate degree or career· Offers more detailed information than encyclopedia entries, but not as much jargon, detail, or density as journal articles or research handbook chapters· Explores educational policy and reform, teacher education and certification, educational administration, curriculum, and instruction· Offers a reader-friendly common format: Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, References and Further Readings 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook is designed to prepare teachers, professors, and administrators for their future careers, informing the debates and preparing them to address the questions and meet the challenges of education today.

Diversifying the Teaching Force
Diversifying the teaching force

This chapter begins with certain basic assumptions about a diverse teaching force. These assumptions are held as “truths” within the space of this conversation. This is not to suggest that everyone uniformly believes these truths, or that there might not be ideas that are at least as powerful or compelling. However, it is important to articulate the big concepts underlying this chapter so that the position and perspective of this discussion are clear. First is the assumption that a diverse teaching force is desirable. Thus, this chapter will not engage in an argument about whether diversity among teachers is important, but will present this notion as a given, especially within the context of our multicultural, multiracial society. Second ...

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