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Is Formal Education Too Early

An 11 page paper. There is a significant amount of pressure to begin children in formal education programs younger and younger. For this essay, a 'formal education program' is defined as any systematic early childhood education program where children receive any type of rating on cognitive performance, even reciting their numbers or the alphabet. It seems to make sense to think that sending children to formal programs at early ages would be detrimental to them. The literature belies this supposition, however, in fact, there is an ever-increasing amount of literature that demonstrates the short- and long-term benefits of very early education. This essay discusses the issues and presents the literature. The writer does comment on the practice of using standardized tests with four-year-olds. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

How Is An Educated Person Defined?

5 pages in length. The word "education" has many definitions; not only does it represent academic knowledge, but it also reflects an inner understanding about the world in which one lives. People speak of "street smarts," a concept that many believe precludes the ability for one to possess an education, however, being street wise is often a much more comprehensive form of education than one obtain through academic study. Indeed, these two diverse types of education are defined in two completely different ways, clearly illustrating how there is often more to linguistic expression than meets the eye. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Three Events in the History of Higher Education

A 4 page research paper that discusses the history of higher education in relation to three events. This examination will briefly examine these three events and discuss how they influenced higher education's development. In general, the progression that these three events dramatize a gradual evolution toward offering higher education to an increasing diverse, more numerous segment of the population of a particular era. These three events are the origin of universities in the medieval period; the opening of higher education to women and the implementation of the G.I. Bill after World War II. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Effectiveness Of Online Learning In Continuing Education

This 50 page paper discussed the issue of the effectiveness of Online training and continuing education courses. The essay begins by explaining the terms effective or successful education cannot really be defined. A comprehensive discussion of this issue is provided. This section also includes a discussion of the seven principles of effective education and evaluation processes. The literature review reports and discusses numerous Online continuing education or professional development courses, their purpose, how they were evaluated, when that information is provided, and what critics say about Online learning. The Methodology section provides a comprehensive discussion of the design-based research model, including a comparison with a more scientific model and why design-based is so useful. Specific statistical data included. 1 Table included. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

Teaching Character Education

A 7 page research paper that explores the topic of character education. The goal of using pedagogy to promote character building in their students is not a new one for educators has education has always been designed with two primary functions in mind--as one educator has phrases the objections --they are "to make kids smart and to make kids good" (Loud 50). Today, educators are struggling to offset, as far as is humanly possible, environmental deficits that are known to contribute to negative character development in our nation's children. In order to accomplish these goals, educational literature recommends strategies that go beyond the scope of the traditional teacher-as-lecturer classroom paradigm, this examination of character education will explore some of these strategies and also offer a brief historical background to this side of elementary education. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Social Problem: Sex Education

A 6 page paper. The social problem discussed is parents transferring the responsibility for sex education to schools and why so few parents talk with their children about sex. The writer comments on the functionalist and conflict perspectives of family and education. The essay reports polls that reveal what themes parents want emphasized in sex education programs as well as polls of adolescents that reveal their preference to discuss this topic with their parents. The writer concludes that parents need to take back the function of sex education. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Special Education: Cost Effectiveness In Relation To The Educational System In Particular And American Society In General

35 pages in length. Despite the understanding that every child in the United States is entitled to an education, the quality of that education does not fall within the guidelines of this birthright. As such, the variance between and among levels of academic accessibility leaves a tremendous amount of students in its wake due to any number of special needs challenges prevalent throughout the educational system. While the clamor is quite significant for greater attention to be paid to special education needs, the manner by which to approach these modifications continues to incite a great deal of debate, whereby each side of the argument contends what they believe to be the most appropriate method for reaching this particularly challenged population. What appears to be at the bottom of the long list of considerations, however, is the financial toll any sweeping changes will have upon the education system in particular and the American society in general. Annotated bibliography lists 16 sources. 20 pages text; 20 pages annotated bibliography.

Personal Philosophy Of Moral Education

An 8 page paper that presents a teacher's personal philosophy of moral education and a discussion of issues related to moral education. The writer mentions the CELS goal of encouraging critical thinking. Topics discussed include the reluctance of teachers to discuss character or moral education and why they are reluctant. The writer also presents models that may be used – Durkheim, Kohlberg and Lickona and why each is useful. An example of the morality of sexuality education is used to demonstrate Durkheim's thoughts. The importance of not imposing one's own values is discussed as is the acknowledgement that these values will be transmitted to students in one way or another. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Investigating Inclusion Classroom Grades

A 4 page paper constructing a problem statement for action research into how to ensure that special education students can receive the positive feedback they need in the form of passing grades. It is reasonable that feedback in the form of grades would be important to special education students, and that passing grades on report cards can provide the positive feedback that special education students need. Thus the problem statement for the proposed research is that special education students need to receive passing grades but generally do not. The paper concludes with the problem statement refined in a matrix form. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Re-entry of Law Enforcement Officers as Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education

This 39 page research study considers the issues surrounding the introduction of law enforcement officers as non-traditional students in higher education, based on the supposition that law enforcement officers used to require a lesser degree of higher education, and that job descriptions, job availability, job demands and changing societal expectations have determined the impetus for change. In addition, this research study also considers the nature of adult education, the development of educational improvements and the increasing role of police officers as a component of the higher education model. This paper outlines the current literature and a research study, including a methodology for conducting research. Bibliography lists 60 sources.

Aspects of the Equality of Women and Women in Marriage as Found in Passages from Ibsen, Wollstonecraft, de Pizan, Mill and Chopin

This is a 6 page paper discussing the equality and education of women in the works of Ibsen, de Pizan, Wollstonecraft, Mill and Chopin. The equality and education of women and issues which relate to the equality of in marriage have long been evident in the literature of the past 500 years. Christine de Pizan in 1405 first wrote on the importance of the education of women and the ideals of equality in her work “Book of the City of Ladies”. Since that time the same issues have been discussed by Henrik Ibsen in the relationship between Nora and Torvald in “A Doll’s House” (1879), Mary Wollstonecraft in ““A Vindication of the Rights of Women” (1792), John Stuart Mill in “The Subjection of Women” (1869) and Kate Chopin in “The Awakening” (1899). Contrary to the popular belief that women need marriage and men to “rise” in society, these writings show that women crave education and only want marriage if it can be on equal intellectual terms. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Issues of Inclusion

The Education of the Handicapped Act enacted in 1975 initiated a change in the educational system of the United States. Full inclusion began to take hold in the 1980's. Full inclusion is a term used to describe the placement of children with disabilities in a regular education classroom with children who do not have disabilities. While the normalization of children's lives through their education placement is important, students' education needs should take priority over the philosophical aspects of placement. Many would say that a policy of segregation would be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and against the principle of least restrictive environment. Placing all children with disabilities in general classroom settings, without regard to individual needs, because it reflects current ideas about best practice, does not support the least restrictive environment concept nor the goal of providing appropriate educational programs for all children. This 5 page paper explores the issue of inclusion on disabled and non-disabled students. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Multicultural Education In The United States

A 14 page paper. This paper explores recent literature focusing on multicultural education. One issue is exactly what multicultural education is. Another issue of concern is the multicultural competence of teachers. Different authors have discussed the lack of this competence and how teachers might become more competent in this topic. Some approaches towards multicultural education are discussed. In effect, this essay considers what is known about multicultural education in America and what is still not known. The essay ends with comments and recommendations for gaining the knowledge about what is not known. The paper also includes comments specific to the student's needs, such as personal opinions. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

Crime in Japan: Improvements in Education, Employment, Penalties and Monitoring of Drugs

This is a 4 page paper discussing crime in Japan and recent government reforms in relation to decreasing the crime rate. A recent increase in the crime rate in Japan over the past decade has prompted the Japanese government to implement improvement policies in the areas of education, employment, increased penalties and monitoring of the drug trade. Education and employment reforms have included those which take into account the importance of continued education, social factors related to crime, and the maintenance and re-education of workers within the labor market. Considerations in the law enforcement disciplines have included lowering the age at which young offenders can be tried for criminal offenses, strict public fire arm restrictions and international cooperation in regards to the drug trade and market. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Value Of A College Education

9 pages in length. Few people are not made aware at a very young age of the social and economic importance of a college education; those who seek out higher education expand their academic and vocational horizons far greater than those who do not. Indeed, the extent to which a college education increases the ability to secure a better place in one's chosen field is both grand and far-reaching; that today's top professions are based to some degree within the growing need for expertise speaks to how there is no question that a college education is crucial in today's marketplace. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The History of Physical Education

This 5 page report discusses the history of physical education programs. Formalized fitness programs in the schools started in the 18th century in Germany and expanded to other European nations and the United States. In the United States, a classical scholar trained in theology, Charles Beck (1798-1866) Charles Follen (1795-1840) are thought of as two of the first American physical education teachers and were responsible for the creation of the first outdoor gymnasium for children and the first college gymnasium (at Harvard). Since that time, physical education and fitness have come to be understood as essential components in a well-rounded education and life. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Student Portfolios for Use in Achievement Assessment

A 16 page thesis paper discussing the rationale for investigating portfolios for assessing achievement and determining placement in special education. The best known aspect of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA) is the individualized education program (IEP) as a base from which to ensure that each student receives the kind of educational approach he needs. Because every disability is as different as the children possessing them, it is critical that the child receive education appropriate to his condition. As more school districts lean toward full inclusion and the least restrictive environment, proper placement becomes a greater issue. Many disabled children perform poorly on standardized tests, and the existence of a portfolio gives solid evidence for the true level of achievement the student has reached. Bibliography lists 52 sources.

Higher Education In West Virginia And Mississippi: Key Areas And Issues

11 pages in length. Contemporary society has come to respect and appreciate academic knowledge for more than just a ticket to one's chosen profession. The manner by which both liberal and mechanical education still defines today's educational systems is established at very simplistic level within the overall academic community. Inasmuch as collegiate achievement, in and of itself, has remained a distant second to the pursuit of capitalism, one can readily argue that one's own pursuit of education merely for its intrinsic knowledge has not held fast through the passage of time, which clearly speaks volumes with regard to the way in which contemporary higher education is approached in different states. The writer discusses higher education as it relates to Mississippi and West Virginia. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Case Study: Socio-Cultural Aspects Of Education

11 pages in length. With the student teaching populations of primarily Hmong and Hispanic individuals, there are several issues to be addressed, not the least of which include stereotypical attitudes, gender discrimination and social class oppression. The young men are typically between seventeen and nineteen years of age and have had significant dealings with the law; as such, their attitudes toward education in particular and social structure in general do not reflect well within the classroom. The student's concern appears to be twofold: 1) abandoning her own ingrained stereotypical issues so that her attention is equally divided among the classroom and 2) addressing the school's distasteful practice of shuffling otherwise unqualified individuals through the system as a means by which to obtain grant funds. The bigger picture, however, is assessing the importance and quality of education within America's school system, inasmuch as special education programs, such as the one in which the student is involved, tend to turn the instructor into more of a glorified baby sitter than one who imparts knowledge. The writer discusses social and economic oppression as they relate to furthered education. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

Dissertation Proposal - Sustainability Programs in Community Colleges

This is an 8 page paper that provides an overview of sustainability programs in community colleges. A research design is proposed to measure what types of programs are most successful. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

Comparing Financing for Higher Education in the US, Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and India

This 17 page paper looks at the financing of higher education in seven different countries, looking at the general policies, the way funding is provided and the costs of the education to the student and the state. The paper starts with a matrix to provide a direct comparison on specific key features and then moves onto a more in-depth assessment of four countries; the US, South Africa, China and Argentina. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

Jean Piaget

This 5 page paper begins with the key points and major events in Piaget’s life. The writer explains his theories on cognitive learning and discusses how he influenced education, including early childhood education. The writer shares their own opinion of Piaget’s theories. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

IEP For First-Grader

This 4 page paper presents an Individualized Education Plan for a first grade student who has been assessed and been determined to qualify for special education based on assessment results provided by the student. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Robotics in Education

This 14 page examines the potential use of robots and robotics in education, considering how the technology may be utilized, the benefits to the students, the teachers and the education industry as well as the challenges that are inherent with the use of robots. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

Studies in Distance Education

This 3 page paper analyzes three articles about distance education very briefly, and discusses what the concept of distance education comprises. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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