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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.

Expanding Opportunities Through On-Demand Learning
Expanding opportunities through on-demand learning

In this chapter, we discuss the prospect of on-demand learning—education, training, problem solving, decision aiding, and so forth—that is available anytime, anywhere to anyone who seeks it. This differs from the related notion of “ubiquitous computing,” which involves flooding classrooms with technology and is an important area of inquiry itself (e.g., Swan, van't Hooft, Kratcoski, & Schenker, 2007). Studies of ubiquitous computing typically focus on in-classroom learning. We, too, are concerned with classrooms but more generally with the impact on schools and classroom learning when on-demand learning pervades our lives in every other venue.

The appeal of making human knowledge universally and readily available through on-demand learning seems hard to deny. It should benefit individuals and teams ...

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