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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.

National Curriculum
National curriculum

Does the United States have a national curriculum? If not, should it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a country having a national curriculum? The answers to these and other questions are provided in what follows. The focus here is on a national curriculum for U.S. schools. The first section defines a national curriculum and describes its components—standards, assessments, and textbooks. With this definition in mind, the second section describes the recent history of a national curriculum. The third section uses data to determine if a de facto national curriculum already exists, paying special attention to studies of alignment and the role of textbooks. The final section weighs the potential costs and benefits of turning to a national curriculum for the ...

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