Historical Dictionary of American Education

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Richard J. Altenbaugh
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Education - 499 pages
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The history of American education is a vital and productive field of study. This reference book provides factual information about eminent people and important topics related to the development of American public, private, and parochial schools, covering elementary and secondary levels. In addition to major state and regional leaders and reformers, it includes biographies of significant national educators, philosophers, psychologists, and writers. Subjects embrace important ideas, events, institutions, agencies, and pedagogical trends that profoundly shaped American policies and perceptions regarding education. The more than 350 entries are arranged alphabetically and written by expert contributors. Each entry closes with a brief bibliography, and the volume ends with a list of works for further reading.

Entries were drawn from a review of leading history of education textbooks and the History of Education Quarterly. These topics were further refined by comments from leading authorities and the contributors. Most of the contributors are established scholars in the history of education, curriculum and instruction, school law, educational administration, and American history; a few also work as public and private school teachers and thus bring their practical experience to their entries. The period covered begins in the colonial period and continues through the 1990s.


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I thought this book, though a little on the pricey side, is full of historical information on American education. I love a good history book, but this one lacked feeling. I was looking for more sympathy in this book. A small disappointment to my sensitive side.

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I was hesitant to purchase this book because it's so expensive, but I do have to say, it's much better than ice cream! Sometimes when I'm feeling down, I open up my Historical Dictionary of American Education, put on the blues, and just cry into the pages.


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RICHARD J. ALTENBAUGH is Associate Professor of Education at Slippery Rock University, where he specializes in the history of education. He is the author of three books, and his articles have appeared in such journals as History of Education Quarterly, Urban Education, and Cambridge Journal of Education.

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