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Educational Methods and Issues

Examine the complex topic of educational methods and issues at various levels of formal education available in the United States, which includes preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and categories of higher education, such as universities/colleges and vocational schools. The purpose of education at every level is the transfer of knowledge, skills, and values to students.

While the importance of standardized testing following the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 puts greater emphasis on standards at the state level, there remains a remarkable diversity in educational methods including storytelling, discussion, lectures, hands-on training, and demonstrations.

These can be utilized in a variety of classroom models, which can be roughly categorized into those that have a teacher-centered approach to learning vs. a student-centered approach. A teacher-centered approach focuses on the teacher as an imparter of knowledge to students, while the student-centered model positions the student as an equally-active participant in the learning process. An example of the former is the flipped-classroom model (in which teachers pre-record lectures for students to watch at home, with homework assignments completed during class time). An example of the latter is the Montessori model (in which the students choose their own focus for much of the school day).

For most of the U.S. educational history, students had two options for formal schooling: public or private, with parochial schools dominating the private category. In 1991, the creation of the first charter school provided a third option as a semi-autonomous public school that is exempt from a variety of laws and regulations, provided it meets the terms of its charter. Online schools became the fourth option in the K-12 space in the 2010s, while universities and colleges also began offering online courses to meet the needs of distance learners.

In the twenty-first century, education administrators, teachers, and students face a variety of challenges, including school safety, the technology gap between schools in wealthy districts vs. schools in poor or rural districts, curriculum standards, budget cuts, and classroom size.


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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: 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 meets K-12 students’ diverse needs by placing 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, academicians, researchers, and librarians seeking current information on interdisciplinary education.

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  • Design, Motivation, and Frameworks in Game-Based Learning, 1st Edition

    Design, Motivation, and Frameworks in Game-Based Learning, 1st Edition

    Information Science Reference  |  2019  |  ISBN: 9781522560272

    Game-based learning is the use of games to enhance the learning experience. Educators have been using games in the classroom for years, and when tied to the curriculum, commercial games are a powerful learning tool because they are highly engaging and relatable for students. This title is a critical scholarly resource that examines the themes of game-based learning. These themes, through a multidisciplinary perspective, juxtapose successful practices. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as educational game design, gamification in education, and game content curation, this title is geared towards academicians, researchers, and students seeking current research on justifying the roles and importance of motivation in making games fun and engaging for game-based learning practice.

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  • Violence Prevention and Safety Promotion in Higher Education Settings, 1st Edition

    Violence Prevention and Safety Promotion in Higher Education Settings, 1st Edition

    Information Science Reference  |  2018  |  ISBN: 9781522529613

    Nonviolent environments are desirable in many areas of life, yet none are as essential as within our educational institutions. Providing a safe space for students has become a critical concern in modern society. This book is a vital resource that examines the current sources of violence within educational systems, and it offers solutions on how to provide a safer space for both students and educators alike. Highlighting pertinent areas of interest including technological violence, academic regulations, nonviolent communication, and gender discrimination, this reference publication is ideal for academicians, future educators, students, and researchers interested in recent advancements that aid in providing secure, safe educational environments for everyone.

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