General Purpose of the Collection
The Education collection is designed to support the curriculum and research needs of students and faculty in the School of Education (SED). The emphasis of the collection in Mugar Memorial Library is on research in educational practice and theory relevant to all levels of formal education. Materials on special aspects of education also form a significant part of the collection. Subject coverage is broad-based: it includes the social, political, physical, and psychological conditions that affect learning; the philosophy of education and related theories of learning and development; and specific branches of education. The Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL), located in SED, is designed primarily as a core collection of materials for pre-service and practicing Pre-K through grade 12 teachers. The PERL collection includes audio-visual, electronic and print materials on pedagogical approaches and techniques, instructional aids, curriculum guides, literature for children and young adults, elementary and secondary textbooks, and test collections and indexes, as well as a selection of curriculum-related materials. Students and researchers in many areas of the University use education materials, including those in psychology, social work, health sciences, and linguistics.
The School of Education offers degree and certificate programs in many concentrations. Undergraduate programs leading to the BS include Bilingual Education; Boston University Collaborative Degree (BUCOP); Deaf Studies; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English Education; History and Social Science Education; Mathematics Education; Modern Foreign Language Education; Science Education; and Special Education. Graduate programs are offered in three departments: Administration, Teaching, and Counseling. Graduate degrees include the EdM, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and the EdD. SED also offers the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. There are joint and dual degree programs offered in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and with the School of Social Work. Among the centers affiliated with SED are the Center for Character and Social Responsibility, the Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf, and the Institute for Athletic Coach Education. Outreach initiatives and partnerships include the Boston University Public School Collaborative, the Boston University/Chelsea Partnership, the Boston University Reading and Writing Clinic, the Boston University School of Education Consortium, Projects in Civic Engagement, the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, the Intergenerational Literacy Project, the Loving Well Project, the Microcosmos Project, and Upward Bound. The Boston University Journal of Education, the oldest education journal in the U.S., is published by SED.
Scope of Coverage
- Languages collected (primary and selective) or excluded
- The collection is primarily in English.
- Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate
- The majority of material relates to educational research and practice in the U.S. and, secondarily, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Significant research and documented educational practices from other geographical areas are collected on a more selective basis. Trade and university presses in the U.S. and the U.K. constitute the major resource for publications; research materials from other countries are collected on a more selective basis.
- Chronological periods covered by the collection in terms of intellectual content, movements or schools, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate
- Emphasis is on educational theory and practice, including both contemporary and historical materials.
- Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate
- Recent publications which examine current developments, research findings and treatments of traditional educational theories and practice, including seminal works, are selected for representation and balance of the collection. Retrospective purchases for the reference and circulation collections, including historical treatments and primary sources, are made based on their merit and relevance to the SED curriculum.
The subject scope of this collection is primarily determined by the Library of Congress call number range L-LT (Education), particularly LB (Theory and Practice of Education) and LC (Specific Aspects of Education). The research collection is housed in Mugar Memorial Library. The PERL collection includes resources intended to support the pedagogical methodology of Pre-K through grade 12 teachers and materials related to teaching and assessment.
General Subject Boundaries and Library Locations
- L : Education (General)
- LA : History of Education
- LB : Theory and Practice of Education
- LC : Special Aspects of Education
- GV 1-1198 : Recreation and Leisure
(especially in Human Movement, Physical Education and Training, and Coaching)
- P 40.8 : Philology. Linguistics. Relation to Education
- P 49-59.4 : Philology. Linguistics. Study and Teaching
- PZ 5-90 : Juvenile Belles Lettres
- Z 5811-5819 : Education Bibliography
Collected Very Selectively:
- LD : Individual Institutions: United States
- LE : Individual Institutions: America (except United States)
- LF : Individual Institutions: Europe
- LG : Individual Institutions: Asia, Africa, Oceania
- LH : College and School Magazines and Papers
- LJ : Student Fraternities and Societies, United States
- LT : Textbooks
- PE : English Philology and Language. Study and Teaching
The field of Education is related to a number of other subject areas:
Related subjects and Interdisciplinary Relationships
- African Studies
- The African Studies Selector collects materials on education in Africa.
- There is consultation with the Anthropology Selector about works pertaining to the history of Native American education.
- The Art Selector is primarily responsible for materials on art education, but the selector for Education chooses materials appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12.
- The selectors for Education and Biology may consult about materials in science education.
- Computer Science
- The Education Selector may consult with the selector for Computer Science about materials on computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and on the study and teaching of computing.
- The selectors for English and Education may consult about materials on the study and teaching of English.
- Government Documents
- The Education Selector may consult with the Government Documents Selector about statistical sources in education and about educational policy materials.
- Health Sciences
- The Education and Health Sciences selectors consult about materials on health education programs, AIDS education in schools, students as AIDS victims, drug education in the schools, education regarding environmental effects on health, education of the physically disabled, and learning disabilities. Health Sciences selectively acquires materials on recreation for the handicapped and aged.
- The Linguistics Selector is primarily responsible for materials on applied linguistics. There is consultation about materials on language acquisition.
- There may be consultation with the selector for Mathematics about materials on the study and teaching of mathematics.
- Modern Languages
- The Education Selector may consult with the Modern Languages Selector about material on modern foreign language education.
- The Music Selector is primarily responsible for materials in music education, but the Education Selector chooses materials appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12.
- The Education Selector is primarily responsible for materials on the philosophy of education, but may occasionally consult with the Philosophy Selector.
- The Education Selector is primarily responsible for materials on educational psychology, but may consult about materials on counseling and on testing.
- Social Work
- There is some overlap due to joint programs in Policy, Planning, and Administration/Social Work and Special Education/Social Work.
- Sociology and History
- The Education Selector is primarily responsible for materials in the history of education. She may, however, consult with the selectors for sociology or history on certain topics, e.g., desegregation, if the treatment of the material under review is more sociological or historical. There is also some overlap with the Sociology Selector about leisure studies materials.
Types of Materials
- Books, periodicals, and reference materials, which include encyclopedias and handbooks, annuals, subject bibliographies, dictionaries, indexes and abstracts; audio-visual and electronic materials related to Pre-K through grade 12 teaching and learning.
- Collected Selectively
- Microforms, conference proceedings, government documents, multi-media publications, and electronic resources. For PERL, we collect books, periodicals, curriculum guides, workbooks, Pre-K through grade 12 textbooks, videos and CDs, tests, literature for children and young adults, and Pre-K through grade 12 web-based electronic resources.
- Not Collected
- Rare books, manuscripts and films.
Other On-Campus or Local Resources
The Instructional Materials Center in the School of Education offers materials for the evaluation of educational software as well as the production and/or integration of interactive electronic materials and audio-visual materials with instruction.
Krasker Film/Video Services provides instructional media support to University classes. Faculty can browse the online catalog and reserve any of more than 18,500 film and video titles from the Krasker collection for classroom use. Krasker also has an onsite previewing room at Mugar Memorial Library, basement level, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, equipped to screen all formats in the Krasker collection, including 16mm, VHS, Laser Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray. Resources on Educational Guidance and Counseling, the Philosophy of Education, Special Education, and Teacher Training/Teaching Skills are available.