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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries provide a starting point for research. In addition to providing definitions and brief overviews, specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries can provide background information, historical perspective, terms to be used when searching the literature, and references to important research in the field. Listed below is a sampling of specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries available at the NGL; additional titles can be located using the library catalog.
Routledge Encyclopaedia of Educational Thinkers
Call Number: REF LA2301 .R68 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Comprises 128 essays by leading scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting thinkers on education of all time. Each of the chronologically arranged entries explores why a particular thinker is significant for those who study education and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the thinker worked.
The Greenwood Dictionary of Education
Call Number: Read Online or REF LB15 .G68 2011
Publication Date: 2011
This book defines over 3,000 terms from the field of education to assist those charged with teaching students to become global citizens in a rapidly changing, technological society.
International Encyclopedia of Education
Call Number: Read Online
Publication Date: 2010
Encompasses over 1,000 articles across 24 individual areas of coverage, with 1,500 contributors representing over 100 countries, capturing a complete portrait of this evolving field. Web-enhanced with supplementary multimedia audio and video files, hotlinked to relevant references and sources for further study.
Learning Theories A to Z
Call Number: Read Online or REF LB15 .L4695 2002
Publication Date: 2002
A substantive dictionary of over 500 terms relating to learning theories and environments. Definitions range from approx. 100-700 words, and each term is identified by its primary type of learning theory: cognitivism, constructivism, behaviorism, humanism, or organizational learning.
Encyclopedia of Education
Call Number: Read Online or REF LB15 .E47 2003 v. 1-8
Publication Date: 2002
An eight-volume comprehensive encyclopedia covering over 850 topics. The lengthy articles, on such topics as technology, processes, institutions, people, and roles in the teaching process, contain bibliographies and internet sites. The largest section contains court cases and legislation.
Handbooks provide a synthesis of background material which is scattered throughout the literature. There are a large number of handbooks in the field of education; many are designed for specific subject areas. Below is a sampling of those available at the NGL.