Praise for the previous edition:
Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
“As the only comprehensive reference on U.S. education, this work is essential for academic libraries and for public libraries seeking to provide thorough coverage of education."—Library Journal, starred review
“Overall, this volume is first-rate...highly recommended for all education collections and as a gateway source in all types of libraries."—American Reference Books Annual
“…a worthwhile purchase...[for] general and academic collections, all levels.”—Choice
The only comprehensive reference to the development and present state of American education, Encyclopedia of American Education, Third Edition contains more than 2,000 entries spanning the colonial period to the present. This authoritative three-volume reference provides a wealth of up-to-date information on virtually every aspect of education, from the evolution of school curriculum, education funding, and church-state controversies to the latest debates on multiculturalism, prayer in school, and sex education.
Author Harlow G. Unger, one of the country's foremost education experts, has substantially updated existing entries and added more than 40 new entries. Appendixes include significant federal legislation, important U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and lists of undergraduate majors and graduate school programs. More than 10 new photographs have been added to this edition, and more than half a dozen experts in education served as editorial consultants for this encyclopedia.
Key updates include:
- A new introduction providing an overview of the history of American education
- Current information on education in each state
- New statistics and other education figures
- Entries on new legislation and government actions
- Coverage of the latest controversies and trends in education.
New and revised entries include:
- Academic quality at state universities
- Campus security
- Charitable giving
- College graduation rates
- Concurrent enrollment
- Creation science
- Crime on campus
- Dropout rates vs. graduation rates
- Early college
- Educational outcomes at U.S. colleges
- Federal intrusion into education
- For-profit education
- High school reform movement
- Intelligent design
- Interactive whiteboards
- National Assessment of Educational Progress results
- The "No Child Left Behind" law and its effects
- On-campus military recruitment
- Online libraries
- Private foundations
- Race in college admissions
- State-by-state academic comparisons
- State-by-state high school graduation rates
- Work readiness
- World Digital Library.
- Academic standards
- Bilingual education
- Charter schools
- Classroom and library technology
- Distance learning
- Educational gender gap
- Federal and state education laws
- Home schooling
- National and state testing
- School choice and vouchers
- U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Black-and-white photographs and graphs. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. In three volumes.
About the Author(s)
Harlow G. Unger is a journalist and education expert whose articles have appeared in leading newspapers and magazines around the world. A graduate of Yale University, he began his career as a news editor with the New York Herald Tribune Overseas News Service and was a foreign correspondent for The Times of London. He is the author of Ferguson Publishing's But What If I Don't Want to Go to College?, Third Edition and has also written critically acclaimed biographies of Noah Webster, Marquis de Lafayette, and George Washington.