Research Papers on Education Politics

Click on any of the term papers to read a brief synopsis of the research paper. The essay synopsis includes the number of pages and sources cited in the paper.

  • Language Testing from Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

    A 3 page paper discussing the difficulties of measuring language proficiency. Several states have language-mastery requirements that public schools must achieve, and now the federal government has added a similar requirement for other states in the form of the No Child Left Behind program. As always, measurement of language proficiency can be difficult. Quantitative measurement – such as that provided through standardized testing – is seen as being most valid, but only if no other factors such as reading disability interfere. Qualitative measurement, perhaps as a conversation with individual students, may be necessary as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Overview of Educational Research

    This 11 page paper begins with a stimulus statement alleging research in social sciences, including education lack rigor. The essay discusses the criticisms levied against social science research and then discusses different qualitative methods that have been shown to be effective and valid. A table illustrates the criteria of good research and how that is translated into quantitative and qualitative approaches. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • School Violence Research Study Proposal

    This 5 page paper provides a sample memorandum to a school board from a school psychologist requesting permission to conduct a study into school violence. Ten sources are recommended in the context of the memorandum for further study.

  • School Safety following Columbine A Research Proposal

    This 4 page paper uses the Columbine massacre as a springboard for discussion. A proposal is made for school safety. Would such measures have prevented Columbine? The paper evaluates the proposal in light of the horrific event. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Research Proposal Regarding Early Adolescence and Drug Use

    This 11 page paper provides an overview of a research proposal for assessing drug use in early adolescents. This paper integrates a review of literature and a methodology for the proposal. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Research Proposal on Achievement and School Uniforms

    A Research Proposal: This 5 page paper presents a research proposal to determine if wearing school uniforms has any effect on elementary student academic achievement. The paper begins with an introduction that discusses the lack of empirical evidence regarding the effects of wearing uniforms. Very few studies have been conducted and the few that are published have conflicting data. The writer presents the hypothesis in this introduction. The next section is the proposed methodology for the study and finally, the data analysis strategies to be used. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Effectiveness of Sex Education in Teen HIV Prevention

    A 14 page research paper that offers a research study proposal. The hypothesis for the proposed study is that a sex education program that significantly affects the attitudes and norms of participant adolescents and creates positive cognition toward abstinence and delayed sexual behavior can be termed to be effective, as this result can logically be assumed to have a positive effect on the incidence of HIV among adolescents/young adults. The proposal outlines the parameters of the problem and provides background information on the issues, which states the purpose of the proposed study. A literature review provides context, as it summarizes previous research on this topic. The proposed methodology, data collection and analysis are then summarized. Samples of a parental/guardian consent form and a participant asset form are also included. The proposal also includes a 1 page abstract. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Reducing Class Size/A Research Proposal

    This 15 page paper presents a research proposal for the state of Virginia but the information is applicable to any school district or as a general resource for research on the topic. It begins with a short abstract, and includes a statement of the problem, literature review, hypothesis, significance of the study, participants, instruments to be used, and procedure. There is an abundance of literature addressing the issue of class size and academic achievement but there is still a great deal of controversy. The writer attempts to place the controversy in context and explains some of the reasons for the criticism of research studies addressing this issue. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Research Proposal on College Students and Their Attitudes About Smoking

    A 12 page proposal for a questionnaire-based study is presented which is designed to quantitatively assess student smoking and attitudes toward smoking. A review of the literature is presented which details both the known health impacts of smoking and exposure to secondary smoke and the known correlation between an individual’s attitude and their smoking status. Includes a 13 question survey. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • CASE STUDY - HYPOTHETICAL U

    This 5-page paper constructs the formation of a Hypothetical University, from its governing board, to its leader. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Developmental Supervision Case Studies

    A 6 page research paper/essay that summarizes and analyzes three case studies that deal with examples of supervisory style in education. Each case study discusses how a supervisor handled the problems of a particular teacher. Supervisory styles examined include collaborative, directive informational, an directive control. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Four Frame Analysis of Bolman and Deal

    Case Study : A 15 page paper that begins with an introduction to the four frame model of organizations and leadership as proposed by Bolman and Deal and the justification for the model. Basically, the authors say that everyone sees the world and any situation through their own frame or perspective and it is important to recognize and understand other frames. The four frames found in organizations are comprehensively described and explained. The type of leader and leadership process that would be found under each frame is also explained and discussed. The second half of the paper is a case study: a scenario is provided and the situation is then analyzed according to each frame. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • High School Compliance and Title IX

    10 pages in length. Title IX was originally implemented as a means by which to address myriad issues that stemmed from a significant sense of equality and equity within the school system. From grade school through college, Title IX policies have sought to right the wrongs of such issues as gender discrimination, sexual harassment and several other pertinent concerns that ultimately impact the overall educational environment, with a great deal of focus placed upon high schools. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Rights and Conduct of Students

    A 5 page paper which discusses some legal concerns of students in relationship to conduct and personal rights. In discussing these issues, the paper addresses the actions that can be taken by the leaders or teachers involved, and the level of involvement that the leaders and teachers can expect from the issues. The focus of the conduct and rights addresses four individual issues. Those issues are right to privacy as it relates to searching lockers and personal belongings, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and sexual harassment. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Banned Books In California: K-12

    5 pages in length. Contemporaries and classics alike, such titles as Grapes of Wrath (unflattering to the state), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (use of the word 'nigger'), Catcher in the Rye (perceived inappropriateness of violence, sexual content, occultism and vulgarity), The Chocolate War, The Color Purple (issues pertaining to race relations, God, human sexuality and African history), Cujo (sexual content and profanity), It's Okay if You Don't Love Me (allegedly depicts sex as the primary objective for people) and Silas Marner (American Library Association, 2007) illustrate how the value of broad-scoped literary exposure and inherent constitutional rights in California's K-12 are disregarded by short-sighted censors. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Public Schools and Sex Education

    A 5 page discussion of the necessity of sex education in the school system. Contends that due to the complexity of modern society, sexual promiscuity is a fact of life for many children and must be addressed. Concludes that since the traditional mechanisms are not longer in place to educate our children regarding the intricacies of sex this role falls to the school system. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Standardized Testing and its History

    This 11 page paper discusses the history of standardized testing and it's impact on education. This paper examines standardized testing from its inception through the 1970's. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History of American Public Education

    This 6 page paper discusses some of the major movements in public education beginning in about 1850. Some topics discussed include the common school crusade and Horace Mann's and Elwood Cubberly's parts in that movement, the attempt of the NEA to change the administrative structure from local to centralized. The reforms of the 1950s and 1960s and what caused them are discussed along with comments from authors like Ravitch. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • 2 Education Law Cases Analyzed

    This 10 page paper provides two legal briefs (Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley; Felter v. Cape Girardeau School District). The cases are compared and contrasted. No bibliography.

  • Teaching Jr. and Sr. High School History Problems and Perspectives

    A 7 page paper which examines some of the problems and perspectives of teaching history in Junior highs and High schools. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • History and Trade School Problems

    8 pages. This is a literature review regarding the issue of trade schools vs. schools of higher education. For the most part there is an ongoing argument that trade schools are not as socially responsible nor as distinguished as schools of higher education. This paper shows why that statement is in most cases a false one; trade schools can be and in many cases are advantageous over schools of higher education. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • G.B. Nash, C. Crabtree, and R.E. Dunn's History on Trial Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

    This is a 6 page paper discussing the book “History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past” (1997). The publication of “History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past” which describes the heated controversy surrounding the formation of the National History Standards in the mid-1990s, has in itself several controversial issues which makes it a useful tool in discussion forums in the social sciences. The authors of the text, Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree and Ross E. Dunn were involved in the selection of the committee working on the standards and have provided a background look at the events which took place during the development of the standards. Different issues discussed were the fact that while several historians approved of the constant updating and reinterpretation of historical events in the past and the inclusion of addition of multicultural issues while others believe that history as it has traditionally been taught should not be altered to any extent. The authors provide criticism of their own critics but their close proximity to the situation also provides additional limitations to the work which is provided to the reader as highly subjective in its context. Overall however, it is in a sense a historical document in its own right which like any other event from history is open for discussion or controversy and widely resembles many of the points outlined by the authors. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Reading Education History

    A 6 page paper. One writer developed a historical framework that illustrated four ages of reading pedagogy. These are used as the basis for the historical account of reading education. The writer also includes major theorists in the discussion, such as Noah Webster, John Dewey and Norm Chomsky. A history of reading education would not be complete without mentioning the decades old debate of phonics versus whole language. Finally, the essay considers the major trend in literacy and reading programs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Professional Education Organizations

    A 15 page discussion of the importance of teachers' groups. The author emphasizes that these groups can be very diverse yet can play a tremendously important role in the shaping of policy and even law relating to education. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • A Special Education Integrative Literature Summary

    This 5 page paper discusses a variety of special education topics from the perspective of a special edcuation director. This paper highlights the importance of a person in this position in regards to the information provided in these articles, and asserts that the director necessarily must be informed on these issues. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Early Intervention Programs and Student Achievement: A Review of Literature

    This 4 page paper examines early intervention programs. Several articles and books, in addition to online information, is reviewed. Politics are noted as well. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Need for CTE Education

    An 8 page research paper that examines literature pertaining to career and technical education (CTE) and to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Three research questions are explored via a literature review and the writer concludes that the NCLB Act is not achieving its agenda and viable options for students, such as CTE, are being dropped as a consequence of pressure from high-stakes testing. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Status of American Education

    A 3 page research paper that offers a discussion of educational literature. Since 1983 and the publication of “A Nation at Risk,” which gave a devastatingly negative report on the status of American education, the federal government has been attempting to reform the public school system with such programs as the Goals 2000, and then with the institution of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. This examination of literature looks at a variety of scholarly articles in order to ascertain the current status of American education, its successes and failures. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Leadership According to Principals and Faculty

    A 4 page research paper that examines several articles and studies from current literature regarding how teachers and principals view the topic of school leadership. The writer particularly emphasizes the benefits that this literature suggests can come from educational programs for teachers regarding this subject. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Stakeholders and School Leadership

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the topic of school leadership and what research tells stakeholders about this topic. Leadership research and literature pertaining to school environments shows that educational leadership is a factor that is significant to the role of all stakeholders, not simply that of formal administrators, such as principals (Wallin, 2003). Successful school leaders require a complex blend of "knowledge, skill, theory, disposition and values" in order to achieve and sustain students learning goals (Halverson, 2004, p. 90). Literature on this topic shows that administrators, teachers, parents and even students must all contribute to the leadership equation for a school to enjoy success (Wallin, 2003). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • No Child Left Behind and Standardized Testing

    A 10 page research paper that examines the topic of high-stakes, standardized testing, which was implemented by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The writer looks the effect of such testing on teaching practices and the teaching profession in general. This literature review reveals that educators have found the effect of this testing to be highly detrimental to the goals of good teaching practice. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Improving High School Graduation Rates for Texas Minorities in the Presence of Exit-Level Testing

    A 19 page review of the numerous factors that interrelate to result in a high Mexican American drop out rate. The author reviews these factors in relation to the standardized exit test that is now required by law for Texas to issue high school diplomas. Includes a brief Methods section for the literature search that was conducted. Bibliography lists 24 sources.

  • President George W. Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' Act and Its Implementation

    5 pages in length. Contemporary society has a significant challenge on its hands: to provide students with a strong enough education to meet the ever-growing standards imposed by society. As a means by which to address this tremendous need, President Bush instituted the No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for the implementation of solutions to what he deems as the ten most important concerns within the nation's school system: Achieving Excellence Through High Standards and Accountability; Improving Literacy by Putting Reading First; Improving Teacher Quality; Improving Math and Science Instruction; Moving Limited English Proficient Students to English Fluency; Promoting Parental Options and Innovative Programs; Encouraging Safe Schools for the 21st Century; Enhancing Education Through Technology; Providing Impact Aid; and Encouraging Freedom and Accountability. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Post September 11 Elementary Schools in New Jersey

    This 3 page paper argues that elementary school children should not have been prohibited from speaking their minds after the tragic event. Glen Rock public schools in New Jersey are mentioned but the topic is addressed in a very general manner. No bibliography.

  • The Individual and Societal Value of the Arts and Music

    Using the life of Billy Holliday, in particular, this paper describes art instruction as a much-needed inclusion in the schools. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Learning Disabilities and Standardized Testing

    A 5 page paper which examines the subject of standardized testing as it involves students with learning disabilities. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Bolman and Deal's Theories as they relate to School Systems

    This is a 10 page paper discussing the primary management practices within the school system in the context of Bolman and Deal’s four organizational frames. Bolman and Deal’s text “Reframing Organizations” (2003) deals with the concepts of frames within the workplace which employs the “usable knowledge” available from a management perspective and also addresses the failures within organizations “due to lack of imagination”. Organizations are broken into the four conceptual “frames” of structural, human resources, political and symbolic which account for the various aspects of planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling within any organization. The management functions within school systems can also work within these frames as they include all of the same vital components which must be managed and maintained as within corporations. A study published by Souchet (2001) is used to show the management practices within the school system in regards to the role of a principal within a small urban setting in the Mid-Western United States. The school principal within the school setting is “also known as the middle manager and the site administrator” in organizational terms and is considered as the major managerial influence within the school as he or she must determine “whether the education is effective or ineffective, whether morale is high or low, whether the school climate is positive or negative; whether personnel are satisfied or dissatisfied; whether students achieve or don’t achieve; whether parents and the public are cooperative or uncooperative; and whether there is effective or ineffective management and leadership”. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Educational Management Business Model

    A 7 page paper. This essay is based on one book: "The "Business" of Reforming American Schools" by Denise Gelburg. The writer addresses the issue of adopting private sector business and management models to public education. the writer comments the effect of this practice on social justice and equity and also on the profession of teaching. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Elementary School Math Teaching and Textbooks

    A 3 page discussion of the problems that regional diversity and expectations have caused in regard to textbook production. The author contends that because textbook producers are struggling to produce a book that will attract the greatest buying audience, they attempt to incorporate all of the varying criteria that our diverse school system presents. The result is too often a book that is not only bulky but that has room to explore only a few topics in the depth that is needed to properly instill mathematical concepts in the elementary classroom. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Freedom of Knowledge and the Courage of Learning

    A 5 page essay that discusses the ultimate purpose of education and the benefits of living in a society where knowledge is freely available. The writer draws heavily upon Dai Sijie's novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in making points on this topic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • No Child Left Behind and Standardized Testing

    A 10 page research paper that examines the topic of high-stakes, standardized testing, which was implemented by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The writer looks the effect of such testing on teaching practices and the teaching profession in general. This literature review reveals that educators have found the effect of this testing to be highly detrimental to the goals of good teaching practice. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Unanticipated Impacts of the No Child Left Behind Act

    This 3 page paper reviews the article by Linda Vallie and Daria Buese and comments on the current research in the field concerning the impacts of the No Child Left Behind Act. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 1990s American Education Legislation

    A 27 page research paper that examines the main trends in legislation pertaining to education in the 1990s. The writer argues that two main trends have predominated. The first trend is exemplified by the 'Goal 2000' legislation which mandates that states set national standards to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education. The second trend is the ongoing thrust of federal legislation to increase access to higher education for minorities. This paper offers a synopsis of educational legislative highlights from the 103rd, 104th, and 105th Congress as well as current trends in state legislation before speculating on whether or not the major goals of federal legislation are obtainable. Bibliography contains 26 sources.

  • 20th Century Educational Inequality

    A 3 page discussion of the attempts which have been made to insure equal education in the twentieth century. The author contends that these attempts have fallen short, that our schools are not meeting the dual goals of equality and excellence . Part of the reason is an almost myopic concentration on equality in funding when what is really needed is equality in circumstance.

  • Effectiveness of Sex Education in Teen HIV Prevention

    A 14 page research paper that offers a research study proposal. The hypothesis for the proposed study is that a sex education program that significantly affects the attitudes and norms of participant adolescents and creates positive cognition toward abstinence and delayed sexual behavior can be termed to be effective, as this result can logically be assumed to have a positive effect on the incidence of HIV among adolescents/young adults. The proposal outlines the parameters of the problem and provides background information on the issues, which states the purpose of the proposed study. A literature review provides context, as it summarizes previous research on this topic. The proposed methodology, data collection and analysis are then summarized. Samples of a parental/guardian consent form and a participant asset form are also included. The proposal also includes a 1 page abstract. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Questions/Public Relations in Schools

    A 6 page research paper that answers specific questions from a text addressing public relations for public schools. Issues addressed include obstacles to good PR for schools, models of PR, reflective practice and legal issues pertaining to defamation and religion in schools. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Full Inclusion in the Classroom

    A 4 page paper which examines information available regarding full inclusion in classrooms. bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • STD Abstinence-Only Education/Is It Working?

    A 6 page research paper that examines what empirical studies and experts have to say about the content of sex education and whether abstinence-only programs should be preferred. The writer argues that this body of evidence indicates that while abstinence is an important message to send to teens, sex education should be comprehensive. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Overview of Freedom of Expression and Students

    This 13 page report discusses the freedom of expression available to and exercised by students. Repression of student expression in the United States is still present in the daily life of both educators and students ranging from elementary school through university. This report examines the overall issue, as well as litigation that has taken place regarding student freedom of expression at both the state and federal levels. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • President George W. Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' Act and Its Implementation

    5 pages in length. Contemporary society has a significant challenge on its hands: to provide students with a strong enough education to meet the ever-growing standards imposed by society. As a means by which to address this tremendous need, President Bush instituted the No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for the implementation of solutions to what he deems as the ten most important concerns within the nation's school system: Achieving Excellence Through High Standards and Accountability; Improving Literacy by Putting Reading First; Improving Teacher Quality; Improving Math and Science Instruction; Moving Limited English Proficient Students to English Fluency; Promoting Parental Options and Innovative Programs; Encouraging Safe Schools for the 21st Century; Enhancing Education Through Technology; Providing Impact Aid; and Encouraging Freedom and Accountability. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Qualifications: No Child Left Behind Act

    A 3 page paper which summarizes the qualifications for teachers and paraprofessionals who work in the public school system as it involves the No Child Left Behind Act. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Standards: No Child Left Behind

    A 5 page paper which examines some of the standards for teachers in the No Child Left Behind Act. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action in the Area of Higher Education

    7 pages in length. The writer discusses recent University of Michigan case decisions where affirmative action was ruled acceptable with regard to admission policies. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Fremont Technology Plan and Enhancing Education through Technology Grant Program

    This 3 page paper compares section 5 of the Fremont Technology Plan to Criterion 5 of Enhancing Education through Technology Grant Program. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Education and Leadership

    This 5 page paper discusses leadership in education. The research focusing on educational leadership is plentiful, yet, despite the volumes, leadership remains an elusive concept. This essay reviews some of the literature and what is said about the characteristics and theories of leadership in educational settings. Sizer's essential schools concept is mentioned as is stewardship leadership. A list of commonalities among leaders is provided as are other comments. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Leadership and Education

    7 pages in length. The writer discusses choices and problems as they relate to the notion of educational leadership. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Shortcomings of a Cookie Cutter Education

    An 8 page paper addressing the problems presented in trying to provide for equality in education while at the same time addressing the specific needs of each student. Insight from Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Dewey interlaces this paper. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • United Kingdom Early Childhood Education Politics and Policy

    A 5 page paper illustrating why workers in early childhood education in the UK need to be informed of political and policy matters. The UK’s approach to early childhood education was as fragmented and variable as that in the US until the Labour government implemented changes beginning in 1997. Today, all 4-year-olds have access to free daycare that includes academic instruction in preparation for compulsory school attendance beginning at age 5. There are concerns that very young children receive instruction for which they are not yet ready, a fact that workers need to remain aware of and avoid. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Early Childhood Education Politics and Policy

    A 5 page paper illustrating why workers in early childhood education need to be informed of political and policy matters. Much is said about the potential effectiveness of non-government organizations (NGOs) in developing nations and the extent of their influence in shaping government policy and social perception in developing nations. NGOs exist in the United States as well, of course, and one of the most notable is The United Way. Currently it is embroiled in a political struggle seeking to preserve the federal Head Start program that has been in existence literally for decades. This is not an issue likely to disappear soon, and workers in early childhood education need to be aware both of the struggle and its implications. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Positive and Negative Aspects of Homeschooling

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of homeschooling. How the trend may affect future public schooling is also noted. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Homeschooling and the Conflicting Perspectives Regarding Legal Protection

    This 5 page paper considers the issue of homeschooling and the increasing prevalence of homeschooling in the United States. This paper argues that the unrestricted use of homeschooling and the lack of legal protections will result in a number of different children falling through the "gaps." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Technology Effects on Education

    A 6 page research paper that examines technology's integration into classroom instruction and its effect of student achievement. This discussion looks at the strengths and weaknesses in the available research literature, as well as what research says about teacher training in technology use and its effect on student achievement. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Tutorial on Personal Education Views

    This is a 6 page paper that offers personal views about different aspects of education. The topics discussed include: the roles of parents and the community in education, including citations related to the effects of parent involvement; administration's impact on teaching; and the impact of the student population, specifically, the need to meet the needs of a diverse population. Tutorial comments and recommendations throughout the paper. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Inequities in School Funding

    A 3 page research paper that addresses three issues in school funding: (1) Inequalities in funding affect education quality; (2) Alternatives to reliance on local property tax for funding and (3) Challenges in improving school finance formulae. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Education and Citizens in the Postindustrial American Society

    A 10 page (9 pp. + 1 pg. outline) paper which examines whether or not American society ensures that the ‘right to a good education’ for all citizens that is listed in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights is being fulfilled. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Roles in Education/Chapter Summaries

    A 10 page research paper that addresses issues in leadership as they apply to education. The first page addresses the question of what roles community leader and religious institutions should play in the process of education. This is followed by three 3-page summaries of articles on education and leadership. Bibliography sites these articles, but this information is incomplete.

  • A History of Foreign Language Curricula in American Schools

    This 11 page paper traces the history of foreign language in American schools. The paper looks at the decades of the twentieth century to see the course that foreign language curricula would take primarily in high school but also in elementary school and in higher education. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Language Acquisition Principles: Immersion

    A 3 page paper which examines the conditions of immersion as it pertains to education and language acquisition principles. The paper summarizes/analyzes the article Dual-language immersion by Jennifer Esposito. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cultural And Gender Influences In Education And Organizations

    20 pages in length. Education is becoming an elusive entity for many students who are not equipped to learn the 'American' way. The underpinning of socioeconomic, gender, racial and cultural components often erects barriers that prevent certain populations from engaging in the learning process with their Caucasian counterparts. Indeed, the extent to which the academic process is skewed toward American teaching ideals is both grand and far-reaching; that such marginalizing aspects as language deficiency, gender construct, stereotype vulnerability and standardized testing serve to segregate some student populations from receiving an equal education speaks to the manner by which different backgrounds may cause students difficulty in fitting in with a particular classroom culture, often instigating negative influence upon the self-esteem, perceived abilities as well as how they approach their studies and career choices. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • NCLB, View of Teachers

    A 10 page research paper that discusses how teachers see the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. The NCLB radically changed the nature of the public school system as it serves to deemphasize the local control of public schools, which has been a hallmark of American public education since its inception. The NCLB began to affect schools in the 2002-3 academic years, which means its effects have been ongoing for the last six years. This brings up the question of how do teachers, six years into the NCLB, perceive this legislation and its implications for the future of education in America. This literature review focuses on this question and the opinions of educators, rather than politicians or the general public. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • NCLB and High Qualified Teachers

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which was enacted by Congress in 2002, and which requires among its provisions that all teachers, as of end of 2005-6 school year, should be "highly qualified," that is, meet the defining list of requirements listed in the law (Harrison-Jones, 2007, p. 356). This review of literature, first of all, describes the variety of forces that have shaped the public's understanding of the issues involved with the NCLB, using a historical perspective that indicates the impact that this law has had on teacher qualifications. This is followed by a discussion of the positive effects that the NCLB has had on teacher qualifications before addressing the issue of challenges for highly qualified teachers. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The NCLB, A School Improvement Idea

    A 5 page research paper that examines the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act: the role and impact of this reform idea on student learning, while also analyzing the costs of this law in terms of legal, financial, personal and institutional implementation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • ELL and NCLB's Implications

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of NCLB and evaluates its effects on ELL programs. How does the law affect schools as it respects Special Ed programs? The paper focuses on ELL and how language plays a part in the problems with NCLB. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • No Child Left Behind Act

    A 5 page research paper that addresses policy issues associated with the NCLB Act. The writer outlines that issue, its background, efficacy of its assumptions and how scholarship addresses this issue. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Head Start under the NCLB Act

    A 7 page research paper that discusses the goals and strengths of the Head Start program, as well as what evaluation methods are being used to assess this program, before offering writer recommendations. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Ethics and NCLB Act

    This 11 page paper considers ethical issues related to the NCLB Act. The essay begins with the major provisions of the Act and the funding levels for 2004. The ethical issues raised are: Chicago's refusal to stop their public tutoring program paid for with NCLB funds (they failed to meet the criteria to continue funding their own program). The ethical issue addressed is the law versus the child's needs. Another ethical issue discussed is the fact that every state is sitting on NCLB money they have not distributed to local districts and they have been holding these monies for over three years, in most cases. The essay ends concluding most educational leaders will not face the same ethical issue that exists in Chicago but they will face another issue. This is discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Educators Views on the 2001 NCLB Act

    This 50 page paper provides an overview of this issue. Educators are the population in the most difficult position when assessing the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. Though administrators may find that NCLB defines specific trends and changes in curriculum design that may influence administrative processes, educators are the ones who must implement new curriculum design imposed by restructuring under NCLB; must use this curriculum as a basis for their instruction; and must integrate assessments based on both the curriculum and the increasing use of standardized testing to determine the outcomes of the NCLB. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

  • Contemporary School Problems and Solutions

    This 5 page paper provides solutions for the school problems that exist today. Issues discussed are teachers' salaries, the alternate route to certification, parental involvement, mandating that seasoned teachers take refresher courses and new ways of funding public schools. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The NCLB Act and Pros and Cons

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the implications for current methods of instruction. This paper considers the impacts and determines that this is not a beneficial act for schools and learners. There are 3 sources cited.

  • Rochester, NY, and Education According to John Dewey's Philosophy and Carter G. Woodson's The Mis Education of the Negro

    A 15 page research paper that consists of three 5-page subsections. The first section has to do Carter G. Woodson's 1933 text on African American education, The Mis-Education of the Negro. The second section addresses the failed educational reforms that were implemented in Rochester, New York, in the 1980s and early 1990s. The final section deals mainly with the constructivist educational philosophy of John Dewey. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Modern Youth and Education

    This 5 page paper examines the responsibility of government and families in educating American youth. Suggestions are made. A focus is on early education. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Legal Issues in Education

    A 30 page research paper that addresses specific legal issues as they apply to teaching and education. Topics covered include tort liability, negligence, law pertaining to disabled children, privacy issues, drug testing, search and seizure and others. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Pros and Cons of School Uniforms

    A 4 page research paper that looks at the pro's and cons of initiating mandatory school uniform policies. It concludes with a brief discussion of the alternatives available. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Public School Funding

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