Critical Issues in Education: Dialogues and Dialectics

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This text is ideal for courses that examine current, relevant pro and con disputes about schools and schooling. By presenting divergent perspectives, each written in compelling advocate language, the text’s authors encourage the reader to think critically and to develop his or her own views. Three integrating themes provide a solid framework for examining the eighteen issues covered. Each part begins with a chapter-length introduction that provides background material and organizing themes for the issues that follow; each issue is then presented from two divergent viewpoints, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills within the context of education.

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Jack L. Nelson a professor of education at Rutgers, obtained his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is experienced teacher in schools at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels; his university teaching experience includes California State University, Los Angeles; the State University of New York at Buffalo; San Jose State University; and Cambridge University. Nelson has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University, University of Colorado; and Curtin University and the University of Sydney in Australia. Critical Issues in Education is his sixteenth book; he has also published about 150 articles and reviews. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Contemporary Authors.

Stuart B. Palonsky is professor of education and director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A former public school teacher in New York and New Jersey, Palonsky earned his doctorate at Michigan State University. His publications include 900 Shows a Year, an ethnographic study of high school teaching from a classroom teacher’s perspective. In addition, Palonsky has published numerous articles and reviews in educational and social science journals, and has presented scholarly and professional papers on educational issues at national association conferences.

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