Encyclopedia of educational research /

Corporate Author: American Educational Research Association.
Other Authors: Alkin, Marvin C.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Macmillan : 1992-
Edition: 6th ed.
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Review by Choice Review

Targeting "college students, educational researchers, educational practitioners, legislators, government officials, writers, journalists, PTA members, parents, and interested citizens. . .," the Encyclopedia of Educational Research "attempts to summarize research on educational topics of relevance." It succeeds. Ten years have passed since the last edition of this encyclopedia, a standard in the field (CH, Feb'83). A comparison of the sixth edition to the fifth reveals that it was worth the wait. All articles are either updated, revised, or rewritten by a new subject expert/contributor. Roughly 44% of the topics are unique to this edition. Notable new additions include the issues of class size, AIDS in education, critical thinking, parent choice (vouchers), and education for teen mothers. Also, greater focus is placed upon education in other countries. Each of the articles is signed; current, often extensive, bibliographies appear at the end of every article. Size remains constant (257 articles this edition; 256 in the last). The number of contributors remains relatively unchanged as well (approximately 325, up from 319). Use of charts and figures is noticeably increased. A new and well-written appendix titled "Doing Library Research in Education" suggests methods and resources to students wishing to conduct further research. An essential purchase for all college and university libraries. D. L. Miller; Lebanon Valley College

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Review by Booklist Review

This index provides subject access to articles on environmental issues in popular and academic periodicals and newspapers. It is to be published four times a year; issues will not cumulate. The index is a spin-off of UMI's electronic products, Newspaper Abstracts and Periodical Abstracts. Subject headings used are based on those developed by UMI for those databases. Each entry appears under an average of three to four subject headings, and see and see also references are liberally provided. Within a subject heading, entries are arranged by date, from oldest to most recent. According to the publisher, about 1,000 publications were scanned for relevant material. Articles from about 250 publications appear in this first issue. Each citation contains full bibliographic information and a brief abstract of about 25-50 words. Entries note the presence of illustrations and indicate the length of the article. Since this is a product of an electronic database, there is little variety in the typefaces used. Subject headings are set off in boldface, but everything else is in the same typeface with no white space separating entries. This first issue, published in February, indexes magazines published between September and November 1991. Of the 250 publications indexed, 103 are also found in the Readers' Guide. Many of the remainder are scholarly journals that are indexed in Social Sciences Index or Humanities Index. The New York Times and USA Today are heavily represented here, along with book reviews from Booklist, Choice, and Library Journal. The Environmental Index is aimed at a lay audience and does not compete with the more scientifically oriented Environment Abstracts. The focus of the index on popular environmental issues, its uncomplicated subject headings, and its reasonable cost should be appealing to high school, public, and small academic libraries that don't subscribe to one of the big CD-ROM periodical indexes published by UMI, EBSCO, or Information Access. (Reviewed Aug. 1992)

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Review by Library Journal Review

This is the first new edition of the encyclopedia in ten years. The four volumes contain 257 new and revised articles, with extensive bibliographies written by some of the most prominent people in the field of education. Recent issues and developments receive comprehensive treatment. The broadened scope includes such topics as AIDS education, public choice, athletics in higher education, social factors in education, uses and abuses of testing, schooling of teenage parents, education of mobile populations, and women's education in the Third World. Existing topics are also changed (e.g., ``Teachers and Teaching'' from the fifth edition is divided into two separate headings: ``Teachers'' and ``Teaching Instructional Systems and Strategies''). The sixth edition also reflects the growth of education as a research and academic discipline in its own right. Therefore, a major category, ``Disciplinary Studies'' (fifth edition), has been deleted. A special appendix entitled ``Doing Library Research in Education'' describes selected secondary sources such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, handbooks, indexing and abstracting services, CD-ROM sources, and dissertations. References within each article provide suggestions for additional research, and See Also references guide readers to associated entries. This edition, like its predecessors, will be useful to college students as well as educational researchers and practitioners and is recommended for undergraduate, graduate, and professional collections. Older editions should be saved for their historical significance (the fifth edition, which Macmillan published in 1982, is the only one still in print).-- Barbara S. Meagher, Central Connecticut State Univ., New Britain (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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