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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.

Teacher Unions
Teacher unions

The excitement of a new teacher's first job offer is often accompanied by the anxiety of signing an employment contract, the agreement between a teacher and a public school district setting out the basic provisions for a teaching job. However, this first teaching contract is perhaps not the most significant contract binding a teacher to a public school. Often more powerful is the collective bargaining agreement, the contract between the school district and the local teacher union, which sets most of the important terms of a teacher's contract. While the teaching contract represents the basic employment agreement with a teacher, the teacher union and the collective bargaining agreement are more important than the individual contract.

Teacher unions, particularly in the late 20th century, ...

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