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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.

High School Reform
High school reform

Americans live in a steady state of dissatisfaction with their high schools. From times in the early 20th century when secondary schools began to enroll more than an elite minority, Americans have debated whether high schools should provide a core program of academic studies to all students or whether they should provide varied social, vocational, and academic programs fitted to diverse student interests.

On the whole, this second approach has prevailed (Mirel & Angus, 1994). Aspirations to enroll and graduate as many teenage youth as possible encouraged the formation of the sprawling complexes we now call the comprehensive high school. The comprehensive high school was designed to enact fundamental democratic values. Its mission was to prepare students for college, work and ...

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