Keeping pace with current issues and trends, this classic book offers solid coverage of the foundational areas of education. This best-selling book continues to develop successful teachers by providing a broad introduction to the foundations of education based on interesting and current discussion of important theory and practice. The book offers a thorough overview of the historical, legal, philosophical, social, and practical aspects of American education. Each chapter is written by one of the five main authors, all respected authorities in their fields. For preservice or in-service educators, or anyone interested in the foundations of education.