California Foundations of Education
Educational Development within a Diverse Social History
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As Jana Noel taught courses in Educational Foundations, she was constantly struck by the lack of attention to the development of education in California within the currently available Educational Foundations textbooks. As she and other teachers worked their way through traditional texts, they began asking their students questions such as the following. How has the unique, diverse social history of California impacted the development of its public schools? Did California have legalized school segregation? Is there anything about the political structure of California that may have an impact on education? How many times has California law changed to either allow or ban bilingual education? By simply raising questions such as these, Noel noticed a large increase in interest in what had often been considered dry subjects such as history, educational politics, and educational funding. California Foundations of Education addresses the lack of attention to California’s education within Educational Foundations textbooks. The ultimate goal of the book is to scrutinize how education in California has developed in relation to the unique, diverse social history of California.

Perfect for courses such as:
Educational Foundations | Social Foundations of Education | Introduction to Teaching Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Diverse from the Start 

Chapter 1.  History and Purposes of Education in California

Chapter 2.  Political Influences and Organizational Structure of Education in California

Chapter 3.  Funding Education in California

Chapter 4.  Curriculum, Content Standards, and Instructional Materials

Chapter 5.  Assessment and Accountability Practices and Issues

Chapter 6.  Immigration and Language Policies in California Education

Chapter 7.  Family and Community Engagement

Chapter 8.  The Teaching Profession, California Style

Appendices. (A) Education Code

     (B) California Department of Education

     (C) California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 

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Reviews & Endorsements:

“Jana Noel’s book explicates the forces that have shaped California’s educational system–and in turn California itself–in profound ways. She illustrates how the beliefs and actions of people and policymakers in communities and in the courts play out in materially important ways, from the earliest days of Statehood with its nascent public school system, to its 19th and 20th century struggles and strivings to expand educational opportunities to non-white children, right through the more recent days of A Nation at Risk, NCLB, the ESSA act, and including current issues related to school choice and privatization. The scope of the book is sweeping: she clarifies how policies arise and are shaped by subsequent legal decisions, tackling big-ticket issues such as how schools are funded, who controls budgets, who decides what gets taught (and what gets left out), what gets assessed, who gets certified to teach, and how all of these issues relate to equity and social justice in a state that has seen more change demographically, socially, and economically than any other state in the union. Any serious student of the history of education in California – and indeed the history of California more generally – will find this work illuminating.”

Grinell Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José State University

“I enjoyed how accessible and useful this is for teacher candidates and even faculty. This text is critical to the work we do to prepare socially- and politically-aware educators. Noel succinctly captures the historical and contemporary foundations of K12 education in California that weaves in pertinent issues of race/ethnicity, culture, and language. The use of reflective and action-based discussion questions make this an essential read for K12 educators and teacher education faculty.”

Patricia D. López, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno

California Foundations of Education is an outstanding effort to provide a clear, competent, well-organized history of schooling and education in California, with particular attention to the evolution of politics and policies that has shaped and re-shaped formal public education throughout the state’s history. The book is an essentially significant contribution to those preparing teaching professionals for work in California schools. It is a critical analysis of the evolution of educational policies that frame teachers’ and students’ roles and responsibilities in the historical and contemporary context of public education. Dr. Noel’s book would be an invaluable resource in teacher education/credentialing courses, as well as graduate courses in foundations/history/politics of education in California. I could see where this book might be considered an adopted foundational text in schools of education. Required reading.”

Thomas G. Nelson, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, University of the Pacific