This series features short handbooks focusing on the special language used in a wide variety of educational disciplines ranging from science education to educational leadership. Possessing an understanding of the unique vocabulary within a scholarly domain is vital to foster shared communication for those who wish to understand a discipline and even more important for those who wish to contribute to it. This is particularly true for those new to the academic language of a particular educational arena. Each book in the series may be seen as a set of very short stories introducing a particular discipline in education.
The featured terms in each volume have been selected for their relevance and their potential to be defined uniquely within a particular educational field. The key terms are discussed on one page with a brief introductory definition for quick reference followed by a longer, expanded discussion supported by references. The index in each book includes links encouraging readers to explore related terms and concepts and thus gain additional information and context.
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William F. McComas, is a
Distinguished Professor and the inaugural holder of the
Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas. He is editor of
Nature of Science in Science Instruction and co-author of a new account of
The Scopes Monkey Trial. McComas was a Fulbright Fellow at Dublin City University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and currently serves as the Editor of the
American Biology Teacher. He is the recipient of awards such as the ASTA Outstanding Mentor and Outstanding Science Teacher Educator, the Ohaus Award for innovations in college science teaching and several honors related to evolution education. Bill is particularly proud of the students whose dissertations he has chaired, 15 of whom are now professors.
Books in this series will be of particular interest to those entering graduate programs, scholars from non-English speaking areas, teachers with interests in fully understanding the academic literature, and even those wishing to explore outside their discipline. Graduate supervisors will find these books extremely useful in introducing new students to the discipline and students will be greatly assisted by having these books at hand as they navigate and contribute to the literature of these educational domains.