Learn more about the broad field of education with respect to the formal education that's available in the United States to students of all ages—beginning with preschool and progressing through elementary school, middle school, and high school. Students who wish to pursue a higher education may choose to attend an institution of higher learning, such as a community college, a four-year college or university for an undergraduate degree, or a vocational school. Once in the workforce, professionals can continue education through professional development.

Most students in primary (elementary) and secondary (high school) schools attend public schools, but parents may send their child to a private school if they can afford to pay tuition costs. Students can also attend charter schools, which are semi-autonomous public schools that are exempt from a variety of laws and regulations provided they meet the terms of their charters.

Teachers follow a strategic plan known as a curriculum, which broadly outlines the topics they will teach their students. The curriculum for public schools is established at the state level; for example, the Common Core State Standards serves as the benchmark of what K-12 students should know in English and math for many states. Teachers use instructional content to cover curriculum topics. For many schools, the success of the instructional content is measured by student outcomes on standardized tests.

In the United States institutionalized education is mandatory for all children up to a certain age (varying by state), although formal education also includes the options of homeschooling or online schools for those who cannot or do not wish to go to a school building. Distance learning, which involves online classes, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), became more popular at the university level in the twenty-first century. This century also saw an increase in for-profit colleges, although critics have pointed to low graduation rates and high levels of student debt as evidence that such institutions are focused solely on profit at the expense of their students. Concerns over the high cost of higher education extends to state colleges and universities along with the fact that most students graduate with large student loans or end up dropping out of school because they can't afford the cost.

After graduation, those in the workforce can continue their education through professional development - or workforce development. A variety of professional development content, both formal and informal, has been developed for post-institutional learning. Professional development for careers in information science, social sciences, business, education, communication, finance, technology, and more, is widely available. 


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  • Professional Development Collections

    Professional Development Collections

    Designed to add new collections as they are released, Gale eBooks: Professional Learning, is an excellent resource to assist teachers in keeping up with ever-changing curriculum standards. Each collection brings together 10–50 cross-searchable titles featuring renowned authors from our highly respected partner publishers, including ASCD, ISTE, Corwin Press, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., NSTA, Solution Tree, Stenhouse Publishers, and Times 10 Publications.

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  • Digital Technologies and Instructional Design for Personalized Learning, 1st Edition

    Digital Technologies and Instructional Design for Personalized Learning, 1st Edition

    Information Science Reference  |  2018  |  ISBN-13: 9781522539414

    In higher education, it's customary to use technology to personalize student learning and is a big focus when developing instruction. There is a need to unify the multifaceted directions in personalized learning by presenting a coherent and organized vision in the design of personalized learning. This title is a critical scholarly resource that highlights the theories, principles, and learning strategies in personalized learning that's made possible with digital technology. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics, such as collaborative learning, instructional design, and computer-supported collaborative learning, this book is geared toward educators, professionals, school administrators, faculty, researchers, and students seeking current research on the area of personalized learning with digital technology.

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  • Curriculum Integration in Contemporary Teaching Practice: Emerging Research and Opportunities, 1st Edition

    Curriculum Integration in Contemporary Teaching Practice: Emerging Research and Opportunities, 1st Edition

    Information Science Reference  |  2018  |  ISBN-13: 9781522540663

    Teaching and learning practices that are interconnected and value all subject areas benefit K-12 students by supporting creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. This title is an essential scholarly resource that presents detailed information on the benefits and implementation of STREAMSS (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies), an interdisciplinary curriculum that places equal emphasis on multiple avenues of learning. Highlighting topics such as educational science and technology, curriculum development, and instructional design, this title is an ideal resource for students, faculty, researchers, and librarians seeking current information on interdisciplinary education.

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