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Curriculum and Instruction

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September 2012 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Education of America's school children always has been and always will be a hot-button issue. From what should be taught to how to pay for education to how to keep kids safe in schools, impassioned debates emerge and mushroom, both within the scholarly community and among the general public. This volume in the point/counterpoint Debating Issues in American Education reference series tackles the topic of curriculum and instruction. Fifteen to twenty chapters explore such varied issues as alternative curriculum, curriculum control, standardized curricula, subject- versus student-centered curricula, textbooks, and more. Each chapter opens with an introductory essay by the volume editor, followed by point/counterpoint articles written and signed by invited experts, and concludes with Further Readings and Resources, thus providing readers with views on multiple sides of curriculum and instruction issues and pointing them toward more in-depth resources for further exploration.

".... The volume presents current conversations on timely educational reform topics and at the same time allows the reader to reflect, review, and refine the discussion into meaningful and thoughtful daily practices.... Approaching the topics with an overview and then point/counterpoint debate affords a holistic advantage by allowing the reader to consider multiple perspectives and finally come to his or her own conclusions. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections."

L.H. Bush
Northeastern Illinois University
Key features
  • Each volume in this issues-based reference set, which focuses on preschool through secondary education in the U.S., tackles a broad, contentious topic that has prompted debate and discussion (at times, vociferous) within the education community and among the public at large with which all education majors should familiarize themselves prior to embarking on a teaching career.
  • Each chapter is structured to begin with a headnote (an objective introduction and overview of a particular issue), followed by a point and then a counterpoint argument.  Authors of the point and counterpoint articles will have exchanged drafts and will include rebuttals or references to one another's articles, and all articles are signed.
  • Each chapter concludes with recommended Further Readings & Resources to guide students to more in-depth discussion and exploration.
  • The volume opens with an Introduction by the volume editor introducing the broad topic of curriculum and instruction and providing some historical underpinnings and context.

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