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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.

Students as Peers/Friends
Students as peers/friends

The student sits alone with the teacher in a quiet room, surrounded by books and articles written by some of the most famous names in their fields. The teacher monitors the student's progress and answers questions, but their interactions focus on the learning task at hand and lack any personal meaning. During non-lesson times, the student plays alone quietly on the playground. After school, the student walks home to computer, video games, dinner, television, and sleep. The next day, the routine begins again.

This rather extreme picture of isolation reveals an educational environment to which most people cannot relate. There are certainly aspects of this picture that are all too real to some students. Many adolescents may spend some time alone ...

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