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Foundations of Education

Foundations of Education

Third Edition
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November 2021 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Now published by SAGE!

A modern and comprehensive introduction to the field, Foundations of Education makes core topics in education accessible and personally meaningful to students pursuing a career within the education profession. In a clear and direct prose, authors Leslie S. Kaplan and William A. Owings offer readers the breadth of coverage, scholarly depth, and conceptual analysis of contemporary issues that will help them gain a realistic and insightful perspective of the field. In addition to classic coverage of foundational topics such as educational philosophy, history, reform, law, and finance, the newly-revised Third Edition features a special emphasis on social justice issues, considers key debates around today’s education trends, and underscores the theory and practice behind meeting the needs of all learners.

This title is accompanied by a complete teaching and learning package. Contact your SAGE representative to request a demo.
  • Digital Option / Courseware
    SAGE Vantage is an intuitive digital platform that delivers this text’s content and course materials in a learning experience that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers simple course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. 
  • LMS Cartridge: Import this title’s instructor resources into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Don’t use an LMS? You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.  Learn more.

Chapter 1: Teachers Shape the Future
Chapter 2: Teaching as a Profession
Chapter 3: Philosophy of Education
Chapter 4: The History of American Public Education
Chapter 5: Education Reform 1900 to Today
Chapter 6: Competing Goals of Public Education
Chapter 7: Cultural, Social, and Educational Causes of the Achievement Gap and How to Fix Them
Chapter 8: Diversity and Cultural Assets in Education
Chapter 9: Teachers, Ethics, and the Law
Chapter 10: School Governance and Structure
Chapter 11: School Finance
Chapter 12: Curriculum and Instruction
Chapter 13: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
Chapter 14: Educating Everyone’s Children


Instructor Resource Site

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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include:

  • Test banks
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides
  • Sample course syllabi
  • Lecture notes
  • All tables and figures from the textbook 
Don’t use an LMS platform?

You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.
Key features


  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. 
  • New data on how education reform, policy changes, societal influences, and student diversity affect teaching and learning.
  • “Recent Trends” analyzes the growing influence of education privatization, social-emotional learning, and personalized learning, and their impact on student attainment.
  • Expanded coverage of student diversity includes marginalized, gifted, and LGBTQ+ students, and an analysis of how students’ perceptions of microaggressions influence their learning.
  • Includes new Teachers’ “Model Code of Ethics” to guide PreK-12 educators in their decision making and to help teacher preparation programs nurture their teacher candidates’ ethical problem-solving capacities.
  • Greater emphasis on how money matters in improving student outcomes, including an eye-opening exercise in fiscal equity, and an analysis of recent trends of using taxpayer dollars to pay for private education. 
  • Includes coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, how it changed how we use technology to plan and deliver instruction, and the equity issue it raises. 
  • “Learning Objectives” correlate to the main sections of each chapter to help students focus their attention on key information.
  • “American Educational Spotlight” sections contain professional and personal accounts of notable individuals from diverse backgrounds who have contributed in a major way to the topic under study.
  • “Reflect & Discuss Activities” such as minds-on, small group and class exercises immediately follow major concepts in each chapter to help students make the information they read relevant and personally meaningful.
  • “Did you get it quizzes?” allow students to measure their performance against the learning objectives in each chapter. 
  • “Diverse Voices” are included in several chapters in the form of personal essays from individuals who have encountered problems relating to disability, race, sexual identity, and poverty, as well as suggestions for how teachers can help students with similar experiences. 
  • “Flip Sides” presents a range of philosophical and practical educational dilemmas to encourage students to apply their learning. 
  • “Icons” appear throughout exploring issues on diversity, Common Core State Standards, Technology, and InTASC Standards.
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