ERIC Number: ED438050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Resisting the Pendulum Swing: Informed Perspectives on Education Controversies.
Jalongo, Mary Renck, Ed.
Designed to offer more than slogans and buzzwords to practitioners who are grappling with an array of education controversies, this book provides classroom teachers with a spectrum of information about current controversies so that they will be better equipped to blend action with reflection. The book deliberately resists extremes and argues for less contentious points of view. The book's introduction explores the five overarching goals for this collaborative project: (1) to resist faddism and false dualisms; (2) to promote a deeper understanding of education controversy; (3) to examine the beliefs that underlie the battles; (4) to respond more thoughtfully to educational debates; and (5) to expose the barriers to informed perspectives. The book's chapters, which address various controversies, are: (1) "Censorship--Evaluating Quality without Imposing Agendas" (Anne Drolett Creany); (2) "Inclusion--Celebrating Contributions while Meeting New Challenges" (Kay A. Chick and Deborah M. Clawson); (3) "Classroom Management--Managing the Classroom while Respecting the Child" (Beatrice S. Fennimore and Molly C. Ihli); (4) "Assessment--Allowing Traditional and Alternative Approaches To Co-Exist" (Linda Doutt Culbertson and Gerardo A. Contreras); (5) "Multicultural Education--Celebrating Diversity while Building Community" (Jyotsna Pattnaik); (6) "Families--Offering Support and Joining in Partnership" (Kathryn Delaney); (7) "Pedagogy--Finding a Place for Inquiry Methods and Direct Instruction" (Kay A. Chick); (8) "Reading Instruction--Reconciling Phonics and Whole Language: What Every Reading Teacher Should Know" (Xiaoping Li); (9) "Bilingual Education--Preserving a Child's First Language while Promoting Facility with a Second Language" (Elise Jepson Green); (10) "Gifted and Talented Education--Individual Differences or One-Size-Fits-All?" (Jennifer V. Rotigel); and (11) "Program Evaluation--Monitoring Quality without Sacrificing Substance" (Mary Renck Jalongo and Moses M. Mutuku). Each chapter contains references. (EV)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Censorship, Classroom Techniques, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Gifted, Inclusive Schools, Multicultural Education, Politics of Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Childhood Education International, Olney, MD.