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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.

English Language Learners
English language learners

In 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of people in the U.S. from ethnic or racial minorities has risen from 47 million in 2000 to more than 100 million, or around one third of the population. The fastest-growing groups are the Hispanic population (at a rate of 3.4% annually) and the Asians at an annual rate of 3.2% (Reuters, 2007). The growth in immigrant populations or language minorities has drastically changed the student compositions in U.S. schools. There were about 1.3 million language minority students, accounting for approximately 3% of the school student population in 1990. In 2001, it increased to 4.5 million, taking up approximately 9.6% of the total PreK-12 enrollment (Kindler, 2002). It is projected ...

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