Glossary to guide you through the edu-babble
While many of the reference questions we receive in the library are repeaters, we regularly receive reference questions using edu-words that sound very impressive – but what does it mean? When we ask for clarification, the patron may not always be able to provide further details. They heard the term -it could be part of a course – it sounds great, but they do not really know what it means.
Now there is a tool to assist us: “Created by the Great Schools Partnership The Glossary of Education Reform is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies for journalists, parents, and community members.”
“The glossary describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies. It currently features more than 500 terms and 150 in-depth entries on K–12 public education and education reform in the United States. Each entry includes a general definition of the term, a discussion about how the concept or strategy intersects with efforts to improve school performance or student achievement, and an overview of related debates, including the major arguments for or against particular reforms.”
The glossary permits keyword searches, filtering alphabetically, synonyms, abbreviations, lists (most popular, recent, shared). My preference is the alpha list. You have to play around with it, e.g. if you do a keyword search using the term ‘differentiated’ you get directed to ‘personalised learning’. But searching the alpha list >D > ‘differentiated instruction’ and ‘differentiated learning’ directs you to ‘differentiation’ – the preferred term.
Check it out! Rowan