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Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Use these sources to define terms and concepts in education and locate important facts quickly. Consult encyclopedias at the beginning of a research project to obtain a concise overview of a concept, school of thought, or a particular educator's contribution to the field.

The American Heritage English as a Second Language Dictionary
This dictionary is specially designed to suit the need of intermediate of advanced English as a second language students and prepares them to use standard American dictionaries.

Assessing Learning in the Classroom
This paperback explains why there is a need for ongoing assessment of student learning. The following topics are mentioned: large-scale versus classroom assessment, effective classroom assessment, assessment approaches and methods, evaluation methods and roles, communication and feedback methods. A glossary and references accompany the book.

Authentic Assessment: A Handbook for Educators
This is a complete guide to authentic assessment, including information on portfolio assessment, scoring and grading, and implementing authentic assessment.

Children's Health
This book provides an alphabetical listing of excerpts from articles dealing with a wide range of special education topics.

Concise Encyclopedia of Special Education
This book provides an alphabetical listing of excerpts from articles dealing with a wide range of special education topics.

Curriculum-Based Assessment: The Easy Way
This book gives educators a highly specific, step-by-step approach to building curriculum-based assessment in the areas of reading word recognition, reading comprehension, content reading, mathematics, and written expression. Each chapter offers detailed, easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow instructions for the assessment construction process. Examples are also included.

Encyclopedia of American Education
These volumes provide paragraph-length definitions for many education-related terms. The appendices include a chronology and information on significant legislation relating to education. It also includes a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. which offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in education.

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education
This book includes chapters on the historical and philosophical aspects of early childhood education and the early childhood curriculum. A chapter focusing on the early childhood educator is included as well.

Encyclopedia of Educational Research
This is a collection of articles relating to all aspects of educational research. The entries are organized under sixteen topic headings, and these headings are broken down into more specific topics. A directory of those contributing articles is also given.

Encyclopedia of Family Life
"Encyclopedia of the Family brings together ...up-to-date discussions of the full range of family issues that confront modern society in Canada and the United States. The set offers 452 alphabetically arranged essays addressing family subjects from a variety of perspectives. Essays define terms, discuss controversies, and cover historical trends and events, health concerns, laws, court cases, people, organizations, and much more."

Facts on File Dictionary of Education
This book provides concise listings of definitions of education-related terms.

Handbook of Child Psychology
The fifth edition of this reference set offers in-depth exploration of the social, emotional, moral, perceptual, cognitive, linguistic and applied aspects of child psychology.

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The fifth edition of this reference set offers in-depth exploration of the social, emotional, moral, perceptual, cognitive, linguistic and applied aspects of child psychology.

How Students Learn: Reforming Schools Through Learner-Centered Education
Leaders in the psychological and educational communities suggest that successful school reform must not only uphold standards but also must recognize students' differences and unique learning styles. This volume examines current research on how students learn and presents the theoretical perspectives and research findings of leading authors in educational psychology.

The Large Print American Heritage Dictionary

This general dictionary is printed in large print. It includes a style guide, weights and measures, a guide to the metric system, metric conversion chart, and states of the U.S.

Learning About Education Through Statistics

A small publication by the National Center for Education Statistics that provides information about the center, what they do, how they can be helpful statistically, services they provide, and other recent information has been published

The Literacy Dictionary: The Vocabulary of Reading and Writing

This volume is designed to aid in the understanding of terms dealing with literacy.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
This dictionary has been specially created to serve the needs of a broad audience who use English to communicate.

NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary: The Essential Vocabulary of American Language and Culture
This dictionary is designed specifically for persons who are seeking to improve their knowledge of the English language as it is used in the U. S. Sentences that include each word follow the definition.

Performance-based Student Assessment

This two volume work discusses authentic assessment, its effectiveness as a testing tool, and the effects of performance-based testing at state and national levels.

Restructuring Around Standards: A Practitioner's Guide to Design and Implementation
A practical, hands-on guide to take you through the process of developing and implementing standards for your school or district. It brings together the tips and techniques needed to change the fundamentals of education in your school or district. Learn how to zoom in on the learner, build a curriculum's strength and quality, improve how teacher's teach the school's curriculum, and focus on the vital roles of teacher and student.

Students as Researchers: Creating Classrooms that Matter

This book considers teachers and students as scholars/researchers who are first, and foremost, knowledge producers. It argues that a good education should prepare students as researchers who can 'read the world' in such a way that they can not only understand it but they can change it with regard to issues of social justice and equity. Theoretically grounding student research, pedagogy and student research, and a conclusion are the parts of this book.

Talent and Diversity: The Emerging World of Limited English Proficient Students in Gifted Education
This publication focuses on some of the key issues that surround any substantive discussion of limited English proficient students and gifted education.

Talking About Tests: An Idea Book for State Leaders
This publication presents ideas for state leaders on how to better inform parents about the issues surrounding changes in statewide assessments and how to better report the results of those assessments to parents so that they are more meaningful. Sections are divided into the following: perspectives, simplifying the message, making test results more meaningful, and "making things work" at the state level.

The Way We Were?: The Myths and Realities of America's Student Achievement

The following are the contents of this book in regard to the title: our failing public schools, it just doesn't add up, evidence: then and now, national tests, improvement in the education of minority students, and getting back to basics. An index is included.

Why National Standards and Tests?: Politics and the Quest for Better Schools
This book gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at how Congress and the Executive Branch have wrestled with the issue of national standards and tests and reviews the major debates about whether or not there should be testable national standards for all American schools. Additionally, it presents an informative and provocative account of how national leaders in business and government encouraged setting higher academic standards by establishing national standards for the schools; proposing national tests to measure academic mastery by students; and aiding states and school districts to develop their own standards and tests.

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Check the certification requirements in each state with these sources. You can also check state requirements online by following the link to State Teacher Certification Requirements on the Education WWW Resources page.

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools
This reference work provides certification requirements in all fifty states and United States possessions and territories.

Teacher Quality: A Report on the Preparation and Qualifications of Public School Teachers
This in-depth report looks at two broad elements that characterize teacher quality: teacher preparation and qualifications, and teaching practices. It focuses on the priority to improve the quality of teachers in every classroom.

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Use these sources to locate concise information about K-12 schools in the United States and find professional organizations in the field of education.

Encyclopedia of Associations
This is a comprehensive source of detailed information concerning 22,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. This includes organizations for education and related disciplines.

Market Data Retrieval's CIC School Directories
MDR's school directories are a comprehensive reference source for providing data on public school districts and schools, Catholic and other independent schools, and regional and county centers in all fifty states. Owens Library has MDR directories for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

Patterson's Elementary Education
This directory includes listings for 13,000 public school districts, 63,000 public elementary schools and 13,000 private and Catholic elementary schools in the United States. It includes directory information for kindergarten schools, primary schools, intermediate schools, elementary schools, middle schools and K-12 schools.

Patterson's American Education
This directory includes entries for 11,100 public schools districts, 28,000 public secondary schools, 4,600 private and Catholic secondary schools and more than 6,000 post-secondary schools in the United States. It includes directory information for middle schools, junior high schools, junior-senior high schools, high schools, K-12 schools and vocational-technical schools.

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Dissertation Sources

Locate dissertations on education topics with these reference sets. For a more in-depth description of these dissertation sources check out the Education Portal page.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement
This resource includes citations for most doctoral dissertations accepted in North America since 1861. It is an annual cumulation that indexes Dissertation Abstracts International by subject.

Dissertation Abstracts International

This index is a monthly compilation of abstracts or summaries of dissertations submitted to Bell & Howell Information and Learning by more than 500 international institutions. Author, keyword, and subject indexing are available for Dissertation Abstracts International. Request an online search from 1993 to the present at the Library Services Desk.

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Education Law

Use these sources to find legal information that pertains to schools and educators. You will also want to consult the Academic Universe Legal Research database to search for federal and state cases concerning education issues.

Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law
This one volume source is an encyclopedic compilation of state and appellate court decisions which affect education.

U.S. Supreme Court Education Cases
This source is a comprehensive guide to Supreme Court decisions that relate to education law.

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Find Education Articles

For a list of periodical databases appropriate for education, link to the Find the Subject Database You Need page Curriculum & Instruction/Educational Leadership.

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Use these compendiums of statistics to find education statistics about states and the nation as a whole. For links to Web versions of The Condition of Education and Digest of Education Statistics, follow the links available on Columbia University's Government Documents Ready Reference Collection.

1990 Census of Population and Housing
The Census of population and housing contains selected statistical tables on educational attainment and school enrollment. A Web-based version is available at the Census Bureau site.

The Condition of Education

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) gathers and publishes information on the status and progress of education in the United States.

County and City Data Book
This series contains United States education statistics such as educational attainment and school enrollment focusing on counties and cities.

Digest of Education Statistics

The primary purpose of the Digest is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from kindergarten through graduate school.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

As the national data book, this volume contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States, including data on educational attainment and school enrollment.

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Tests and Measurements

Use these sources to find reviews of tests and measures and to determine how to acquire a test in print. For a more complete explanation of test and measurement sources for education check the Education Portal page.

ERIC/AE Test Locator
This World Wide Web page allows you to search for citations of reviews of educational and psychological tests and measures that The Buros Institute of Mental Measurements and ProEd (book publisher) have included in their directories. In addition you can locate tests for the ETS collection with the ETS/ERIC Test file locator.

ETS Test Collection Catalog

This set includes both unpublished research instruments and commercially-available tests and questionnaires owned by the test collection of the Educational Testing Service. Search for tests available in the ETS collection by using the ETS Test File locator.

Mental Measurements Yearbook
This series contains the most extensive coverage of published standardized tests commercially available in the English-speaking world. There is a guide to the use of this set located in the Reference area. To search for tests listed in Mental Measurements Yearbook use the ERIC/AE Test Locator.

Test Critiques
This set produces one volume a year containing approximately 100 test reviews annually. The indexing is not as extensive as Mental Measurements Yearbook, and the reviews are not as descriptive. To ensure complete coverage of any one test, consult both sources. To search for tests listed in Test Critiques use the ERIC/AE Test Locator.

Tests in Print IV
This is a supplement to Mental Measurements Yearbook and serves as a comprehensive index to in-print tests covered by the first eight Mental Measurements volumes. Tests in Print I-III are also available in Reference area.

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Library Catalog

Use this link to identify and locate books, periodical titles and audiovisual materials that pertain to education topics available in Owens Library. The Library Catalog FAQs page contains hints for searching the Library Catalog by subject and keyword.

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Owens Library Services

Interlibrary Loan Service
If a book or article is identified that is not available in Owens Library, request the item through Interlibrary Loan. There is a fee of $1.00 per article. Use the online interlibrary loan forms to send requests online.

Help with Research
Students can sign up for an individual appointment with library staff on the best approaches for doing library research. Ask for details at the Library Services Desk.

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Teaching Resources Area

Holdings in the Teaching Resources Area include curriculum materials, field studies and research papers by graduate education students at Northwest Missouri State University, and videotapes.
To locate curriculum materials, field studies, research papers or videotapes use tips on the Frequently Asked Questions page to search the Library Catalog.

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