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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.

Curriculum Tracking: Reviewing the Evidence on a Controversial but Resilient Educational Policy
Curriculum tracking: Reviewing the evidence on a controversial but resilient educational policy

Tracking refers to the practice of grouping students according to achievement levels, either between or within classrooms, for the purposes of instruction. The term ability grouping is frequently used in place of tracking, especially when discussing within-class tracking in elementary school, and British researchers often use the term streaming in place of tracking. When talking about curriculum tracking, there are usually three tracks discussed—academic, general, and vocational, with the academic track containing “college-bound” students (although some schools are even further differentiated). The official rationale behind the practice of tracking is that by grouping students of similar achievement for instruction, classroom instruction will ...

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