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Thoughts on Special Education

This 3 page paper provides an overview of some thoughts/theories on special education.

The Need for Vocational Education in Schools

This four-page-paper supports the need to maintain vocational education programs in the nation's high schools Bibliography lists two sources.

Multicultural Education

A 3 page paper which examines aspects of multicultural education. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Importance of an Education

A 5 page paper which examines the importance of an education. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

ASSURE

A 3 page paper which summarizes the ASSURE model for education. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Cycles of activity

A five page paper which looks at the Montessori theory of child development and education with particular reference to cycles of activity.

BANKING OF EDUCATION: AN ANALYSIS

This 3-page paper analyzes Freire's treatise, "Banking of Education." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Brown v. Board of Education / Analysis

In 7 pages, the author analyzes the case of Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark Supreme Court Case. Brown v. Board of Education will forever stand as one of the most important Supreme Court Cases of the 1900s. It was this case that not only gave equal elementary and secondary public school education to Blacks, it also established a legal precedent of due process under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. For a number of years segregation had been the norm and Blacks were faced with inequality. Because of Brown v. Board of Education, this type of racial inequality was abolished. Its importance cannot be stressed sufficiently. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Lyndon B. Johnson's 'Great Society' Speech

15 pages in length. Perhaps no other speech in political history has hit upon as many delicate subjects as Lyndon B. Johnson's 'Great Society.' Considered the one dissertation to cure all the country's ills at once, the President sought to implement broad and widely sweeping changes with regard to education, environmental degradation, immigration and health care. Indeed, it can readily be argued that these concerns were at the forefront of the nation's mind; however, the manner by which Johnson went about originating these drastic modifications in social and political policy were delivered quite abruptly and without a great deal of follow-through. Some of the myriad acts put into place by this speech include the Civil Rights Act, food stamp legislation, the Economic Opportunity Act, programs for mass transportation, Medicare and Medicaid, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, and the Public Works and Economic Development Act. Historians who have studied the President's speech contend that while it was comprised of eloquence and forthrightness, it proved to be but a Band-Aid upon the problems it had sought to resolve. The writer evaluates Johnson's speech as it relates to rhetoric, content, consistency, flow, as well as the impact it has had upon the nation some thirty years later. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Adult Learning Styles, Temperaments And Theories In "Educating Rita"

3 pages in length. Educating Rita is about two types of education: cognitive and experiential. Academic education is what drives a civilized society and the fundamental component of success, be that financial, interpersonal or self-worth. Practical education is that which is acquired as one moves through the different phases of life and learns from the inside out. For Rita, education was all of this rolled together; while she already possessed experiential knowledge, she gravely lacked proper intellectual prowess she knew would serve to fill in the missing pieces of her life. Rita was both overzealous and under-prepared as a student when pitted against the advanced academic career of her tutor, Dr. Bryant. Watching their educational dance proceed with an undeniable awkwardness, the audience comes to appreciate the intensity of Rita's quest for self-improvement just as much as her somewhat jaded professor, who ultimately comes around to champion her aspirations with the help of a number of learning theories. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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