Here is a rich ethnographic description of Amish education in 21st Century America that describes how literacy, community, and accountability are key values in the Amish educational system. The author gives readers a succinct overview of Amish history and religious practice, and then explores the reasons the Amish began their schools and some of the struggles they had to endure as a result. The book provides an emcompassing description of common teaching styles, curriculum, and textbooks, as well as detailed classroom glimpses of Amish schools throughout the United States and Canada.
Mark W. Dewalt, director of graduate studies and professor of educational research in the College of Education at Winthrop University, was recently named as the Bank of America Endowed Professor 2007-2010. Dr. Dewalt has been studying rural education and Amish culture for more than 20 years.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 An Overview of Amish Education and Culture: Responsibility, Literacy and Community Chapter 3 Amish History Beliefs and Community Chapter 4 Amish School Origins: Fathers in Jail Chapter 5 The Amish Parochial School in the 21st Century Chapter 6 Amish Scholars Chapter 7 Curriculum, Textbooks and Academic Achievement Chapter 8 Teaching Styles, Strategies and Sample Lessons Chapter 9 Teacher Education, Preparation, Renewal and Daily Life Chapter 10 Current Practices in Special Education Chapter 11 Amish Communities and Schools in the Northeastern US and Canada Chapter 12 Amish Communities and Schools in the Southeastern US Chapter 13 Amish Communities and Schools in the Midwestern and Western US Chapter 14 Accountability, Literacy and Community Revisited