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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for school voucher research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
The Great School Debate by
Publication Date: 1999-12-01
A discussion of reform in American education over the second half of the 20th century. It analyzes why voucher plans and charter schools have not fulfilled expectations, and concludes with policy suggestions that balance children's educational needs against the rights of schools to experiment.
The Education Gap by
Publication Date: 2006-02-14
The voucher debate has been both intense and ideologically polarizing, in good part because so little is known about how voucher programs operate in practice. In The Education Gap, William Howell and Paul Peterson report new findings drawn from the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date.
Market Movements by
Publication Date: 2007-05-24
Through careful ethnographic research, Market Movements represents community leaders, school officials, and most importantly, African American working class families who have used vouchers as a means of removing their children from public schools they deemed unacceptable. The book works to discern the overlaps and tensions between the educational visions of African American voucher families and those of powerful conservative educational forces in U.S. society which purport to be allied with them.
Freedom of Choice by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation (LB2828.8 .C37 2011 )
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
This book reveals that, far from being the result of a groundswell of support for parental choice in American education, the origins of school vouchers are seated in identity politics, religious schooling, and educational entrepreneurship. * Case studies describe, explain, and compare the origins of school vouchers in four states: Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Wisconsin * Interviews with key participants in the debates over school vouchers, including Christopher Jencks and the late Milton Friedman * Eight tables and graphs detail demographic and educational changes in New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Cleveland * Four maps show the locations of voucher schools and programs in New Orleans, New Hampshire, Milwaukee, and Cleveland * Photographs of student and parent supporters of school vouchers * A bibliography of primary and secondary sources in urban history, history of education, and educational policy studies
The Education Gap by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (LB2828.8.H69 2002)
Publication Date: 2002-04-18
While the merits of vouchers have been the subject of intense public debate in recent years, there has been very little available evidence upon which to gauge their efficacy. The first publicly funded voucher plan involving private schools wasn't established until 1990 in Milwaukee; before then, the only data on school choice came from a small, poorly designed program in California. Voucher programs grew dramatically in the latter half of the 1990s. In 2000, about 60,000 students participated in seventy-one programs, most privately funded. This growth is now providing researchers with the ability to measure the impact of vouchers for the first time in multiple cities. The Education Gap is the first book to gather a significant body of data on vouchers in multiple locations, and it reveals startling new evidence that voucher programs benefit African-American students more than participants from other ethnic groups.
The Case Against School Vouchers by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (LB2828.8.D64 1996)
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
Should public funds be used to support nonpublic education? Controversy over that question has raged since early in the nineteenth century. Today the debate centers around elementary and secondary school tuition vouchers. Many different voucher plans have been proposed, but what they all have in common is payment from public funds for expenses incurred for nonpublic education." "No one disputes the right of religious bodies to operate private schools or the right of parents to send their children to them. But should government use its taxing power to compel involuntary support for religious institutions?" "This book summarizes the case against school vouchers, providing evidence and documentation for each argument.
Education Source The world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, this database provides scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
Educators Reference Complete This comprehensive resource covers multiple levels of education
from preschool to college and includes virtually every educational specialty, such
as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. The resource also includes
information on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education.
ERIC An authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources. Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.
Teacher Reference Center Contains journal information for K-12 teachers and librarians. Topics covered include best practices, curriculum development, literacy standards, pedagogical research, instructional media, language arts, science & mathematics, school administration, and more.
Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
Expanded Academic ASAP Resources for research across academic disciplines, offering in-depth coverage of
virtually any concentration — from advertising, psychology and history to microbiology, the humanities and women’s studies.
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