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Discovery method

A teaching method based on permitting a student to acquire knowledge by discovering it directly, usually through experimentation. Most commonly used in laboratory science experiments, the discovery method can be applied to all levels of education and in almost all subjects if the teacher points the student in the proper direction and provides enough materials in correct sequence to permit the inevitable discovery.

Ezekiel Cheever (1614–1708)

The most renowned of the early colonial teachers and the first to make teaching a full-time job rather than part-time adjunct of ministerial duties.

Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE)

A U.S. Department of Education division created in 1972

Alexander Meiklejohn (1872–1964)

English-born educator who helped transform the academic emphasis of American liberal arts colleges from moral to intellectual training.

School-business partnerships

Any of a wide variety of formal or semiformal relationships between a company and its employees and one or more nearby schools and their teachers and students. 

Yeshiva (or, yeshivah)

In American education, a generic term referring to any of a variety of Jewish day schools, depending on their sectarian sponsorship. 

Study abroad programs

Any of a variety of programs for American high school or college students, who take an approved leave to pursue studies in foreign schools or colleges and receive appropriate course credits in their home institutions.

Core program

A progressive education term referring to an elementary and secondary school system of interdisciplinary instruction in large time blocks, or cores.

Everson v. Board of Education

A landmark 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Ewing Township (New Jersey) Board of Education...

District of Columbia

A federal district created by an act of Congress in 1790–91, which includes the city of Washington, the national capital.

Multiversity

A colloquialism, or jargon, for the largest of American universities, such as the University...

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