Understanding Early Childhood: Issues And Controversies
Understanding Early Childhood is an introductory textbook for students on a range of early years, early childhood and childhood studies courses which offers broad and insightful perspectives across a range of themes on the ways in which we understand and study young children. It provides students with a clear, user-friendly introduction to a number of difficult concepts and theories in early childhood education, drawing on research evidence from various countries and reviewing studies about children from different disciplines – including anthropology, economics, history, psychology and sociology. Key changes planned for the third edition are: Updating the political and policy context throughout as this has moved on substantially The problematic nature of interdisciplinary working to become a whole new chapter Considerable updating to reflect developments in the conceptualization of the issues of international perspectives and economics Broader discussion to cover families and communities; curriculum and pedagogy Considerably updating neuroscience content More coverage of professionalization and qualification levels for early years practitioners Further coverage of ethics More pedagogic tools in particular Reflective Questions
About the Author
Helen Penn is Professor of Early Childhood at the School of Education, University of East London, UK. Helen is an expert on EU early childhood policy and acts as a consultant to various international organizations and policy forums. She is author of Quality in Early Childhood Services (Open UP, 2011).
About the Author
Linda Wilson has been teaching in Further Education since 1984. She started as a variable hours lecturer and went on to hold a full-time teaching post after taking her teaching qualifications; she has since gained a Master’s Degree in the Management of Education. Linda became involved in staff training and teacher training during the 90s and is currently Director of Human Resources at Tamworth and Lichfield College.
One of the most widely read books in educational leadership, Educational Administration uses a systems perspective to synthesize the relevant theory and research on organizational behavior and focuses on understanding and applying theory to solve problems of practice. With each new edition, the latest research and theory are incorporated into the analysis of teaching, learning, and leading. Educational Administration helps future administrators understand the content and context of schools, remember key ideas and principles, and apply and practice those principles as they lead.
About the Author
Wayne K. Hoy, former chair of the department of educational administration, associate dean of academic affairs, and distinguished professor at Rutgers University, is now the Novice Fawcett Chair in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University. Professor Hoy received his B. A. from Lock Haven State College in 1959 and his D. Ed. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1965. His primary research interests are theory and research in administration, the sociology of organizations, and the social psychology of administration. In 1973, he received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from Rutgers University; in 1987, he was given the Alumni Award for Professional Research from the Graduate School of Education; in 1991, he received the Excellence in Education Award from The Pennsylvania State University; and in 1992, he was given the Meritorious Research Award from the Eastern Educational Research Association. He is past secretary-treasurer of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) and is past president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, the McGill Journal of Education, and the Journal of Research and Development in Education. Professor Hoy is coauthor with Professors D. J. Willower and T. L. Eidell of The School and Pupil Control Ideology (1967), with Patrick Forsyth of Effective Supervision: Theory into Practice (1986), and with John Tarter and Robert Kottkamp, Open Schools-Healthy Schools: Measuring Organizational Climate (1991). He has been described by the Australian Institute of Educational Administration as one of “the world’s most widely read authors in the field of Educational Administration.” Professor Hoy has written more than a hundred books, articles, chapters, and papers. His most recent books are Administrators Solving the Problems of Practice, (Allyn & Bacon, 1995) with C. J. Tarter; The Road to Open and Healthy Schools (Corwin, 1997) with C. J. Tarter; Quality Middle Schools (Corwin, 1998) with Dennis Sabo.
Since October 1988, Cecil G. Miskel has been dean of and a professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. He served the University of Utah as a professor and chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration from 1982 to 1983 and dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1983 to 1988. He holds a doctor of education degree from Oklahoma State University. In addition, to being a co-author of the five editions of Education Administration, he has published widely in a variety of scholarly journals.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: The School as a Social System
- Chapter 2: The Technical Core: Learning and Teaching
- Chapter 3: Structure in Schools
- Chapter 4: Individuals in Schools
- Chapter 5: Organizational Culture of Schools
- Chapter 6: Organizational Climate of Schools
- Chapter 7: Power and Politics in Schools
- Chapter 8: External Environments and Accountability of Schools
- Chapter 9: School Effectiveness
- Chapter 10: Decision Making in Schools
- Chapter 11: Shared Decision Making: Empowering Teachers
- Chapter 12: Communication in Schools
- Chapter 13: Leadership in Schools
- Chapter 14: One Last Time: A Review of the School as a Social System
A Collection of Cases for Educational Leadership
‘Through their reflective and practical styles, and a subtle touch of humour, McGrath and Coles show us in this text that leadership can be fun to study.’ Pontso Moorosi, University of Warwick
Your Education Leadership Handbook should be essential reading for anyone managing or aspiring to lead in education, whether in the primary, secondary or post-compulsory sector.
Written in the form of a fictional case study, the book charts the progress of a teacher and their academic tutor, introducing key concepts, theories and debates in educational leadership, whilst applying them to real work-based situations. The innovative, narrative style will help readers understand the links between dry theory and actual practice, making it the most accessible, engaging and useful book of its kind.
Whether you are a student, middle manager or leader in education, this handbook will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to:
Discuss a wide range of leadership theories
Analyse and understand events in their workplace
Identify and develop your own leadership style
Understand how to apply theory to your own practice
Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Foundations of Social Policy (with CourseMate Printed Access Card): Social Justice in Human Perspective 5th Edition
Reflecting the idea that social justice is a primary mission of the social work profession, this text provides a thorough grounding in policy analysis-with extensive coverage of policy practice and a unique emphasis on the broad issues and human dilemmas inherent in the pursuit of social justice. The book introduces several philosophical perspectives on what constitutes social justice, and identifies values and assumptions reflected in contemporary policy debates. FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL POLICY, Fifth Edition, part of the BROOKS/COLE EMPOWERMENT SERIES, integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Numerous updates, on topics ranging from women in combat and elder abuse to the DOMA decision and movements against public employee unions, showcase the profound impact of current events on policy issues and social justice in the United States and internationally. This edition also includes access to CourseMate, which offers online interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.
About the Author
A native of California, Amanda S. Barusch completed her B.A. in Psychology at Reed College and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the fields of social policy and aging. She has investigated topics ranging from interpersonal relations to international policy comparisons. She has published articles in leading North American journals and is the author or coauthor of seven books. Dr. Barusch joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Social Work in 1985. She has served as Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies (2003-2007) and Director of the Social Research Institute (1995-1998); and is now Associate Dean for Research. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Since June of 2007 she has also held an appointment as Professor of Gerontology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she continues to serve on a part-time basis.