Collection Development - Education

Collections Librarian : Pamela Bristah (x2076)

The collection development policy for Education guides the development and management of the Education collection. This policy is for the use of the Wellesley community, as well as for the Education collections librarian. Building the collection is a collaborative process, and faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General purpose of the collection

The Education collection primarily supports the undergraduate curriculum in Education offered at Wellesley College. Wellesley offers a minor in Education, and prepares students for certification to teach in a variety of subjects. The Library's collection serves as both a reference and basic research resource for students, many of whom are teachers-in-training in area schools. Particular emphases of the Department are currently, and have traditionally been, on the history of American education, education theory, teaching practice, and education policy. The training of teachers was part of the College's original mission, dating back to the College's founding in 1875.

Current collecting interests in Education reflect curricular offerings which emphasize the history of American education, as well as ongoing issues such as multiculturalism, bilingualism, literacy, school reform, urban schools, the role of the family, and urban education policy. The collection is strong in works by and about women educators throughout history, and on works which put education at the center of social reform and social justice concerns. The current collecting emphasis is on pre-school, primary, and secondary education.

The Education Collection includes a Curriculum Collection , which is separately shelved. The latter is used by teachers-in-training, and is open to members of the broader teaching community, to assist them with lesson planning. The focus of this collection is on presenting students with exposure to the types of materials that they will encounter as they do field work and those that will stimulate the development of creative class design.

The core collection comprises basic teaching texts and resource materials in elementary-level language arts, social studies and sciences. The Education Curriculum Collection is designed specifically to provide teachers with ideas, strategies, and resources for lesson planning and classroom teaching. Noteworthy parts of the Curriculum Collection are award-winning children's literature, and elementary or secondary textbook series in English, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies from major publishers, along with their corresponding Teacher's editions. Only the latest edition of each series will be maintained. Standards for instruction in all subject areas and at both levels are collected. The focus of all materials is upon pedagogic practice in the United States.

LC # areas - Subject Headings/Areas
LA5-2396 - History of Education
- LA5-25 - General
- LA31-135 - By period
- LA201-398 - United States
- LA2301-2396 - Biography
LB5-1785 - Theory and practice of education
- LB5-45 - General
- LB51-885 - Systems of individual educators and writers
- LB1025-1050.75 - Teaching (Principles and practices)
- LB1049.9-1050.75 - Reading (General)
- LB1050.9-1091 - Educational Psychology
- LB1101-1139 - Child study
- LB1139.2-1139.5 - Early childhood education
- LB1140-1140.5 - Preschool education. Nursery
- LB1141-1489 - Kindergarten
- LB1501-1547 - Primary Education
- LB1555-1602 - Elementary or public school education
- LB1603-1696.6 - Secondary Education. High school
- LB1705-2286 - Education and training of teachers
- LB1771-1773 - Certification of teachers
- LB1775-1785 - Professional aspects of teaching; Vocational guidance
LC8-5163 - Special aspects of education
- LC8-59 - Forms of education
- LC65-245 - Social aspects of education
- LC71-120.4 - Education and the state
- LC980-1099.5 - Types of education
- LC1200-1203 - Inclusive education
- LC1390-5160.3 - Education of special classes of persons
- LC5161-5163 - Fundamental education

    Description of the collection

    Types of Materials: Materials are bought in all formats (paper, e-books and e-periodicals, DVD, et al.). The Education Department houses relevant kits and other non-monographic aids for classroom instruction. Materials supporting specific coursework such as audio-visual materials are evaluated with faculty consultation, and purchased as needed. The Library also provides access to a growing online collection of education books and periodicals.

    Readership Level: Material is bought at all levels, with emphasis on upper undergraduate, early graduate levels for the general collection.

    Languages Collected: The primary language of the collection is English.

    Geographical Areas Covered (intellectual content or publication source): Most materials are published in and purchased from the United States, Canada, and sometimes the United Kingdom. Intellectual content primarily focuses on the many cultures of people of the United States. Materials on education practices in other countries are acquired selectively.

    Chronological Periods Covered (intellectual content): Intellectual content of the collection is strong in 19th through 21st century works.

    Chronological Period Covered (publication dates): Current materials are the focus of almost all purchasing, but a strong retrospective collection is maintained as it supports current course offerings and student research. Reproductions of historical documents as primary source material are acquired selectively.

    Shelving Locations: The collection is mostly housed at the Clapp Library, although some materials are in the Science Library. The Library also provides access to a growing online collection of education books and periodicals. 

    Reference: Reference material for Education is purchased by the Reference Librarian for Research and Instruction and follows the general subject parameters of the Education collections policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following types of material: a variety of specialized encyclopedias, style and/or literature guides, and occasional electronic search aids and directories which support curricular programs. The Science Library has a wide selection of reference tools on child and cognitive development.

    Related subjects and interdisciplinary relationships

    Although Education materials are used by a variety of disciplines, the Education Selector does not purchase all materials which may end up in the main Education collection. Following are a few useful distinctions which may assist in the delineation of collecting responsibilities shared by a variety of collection managers.

    Philosophy: The Education selector primarily purchases materials on 19th through 21st century American education.

    History: The Education selector primarily purchases materials on 19th through 21st century American education, while the History selector may purchase historical documents and discussions of educational treatises that have bearing on non-American historical periods and societies.

    Anthropology: The Anthropology selector and the Education selector may collaborate in the purchase of materials which discuss or describe educational systems in pre-modern communities in the continent of North America.

    English: The Education selector very selectively acquires books which support English teachers in training in the Schools. These are shelved in the Curriculum Collection at Clapp Library. Books on the subject of English education in the United States are also acquired selectively for the general Education collection.

    Religion: The Education selector may purchase materials concerned with the role of religion in the US public schools, or the separation of church and state as it relates to public education. The Religion selector may purchase materials on the nature and form of religious education in the United States, particularly as it relates to religious doctrine and the role of religious schools in church missions.

    Women's & Gender Studies: The Education selector may purchase materials concerned with the role of gender inequality or gender difference in learning and teaching processes, as well as government policies which address this issue.

    Languages ( Latin , French , Spanish , Chinese , Japanese ): The Education selector may purchase materials concerned with the particulars of teaching any of these languages, as second languages, to children in the Schools. The language selectors are responsible for acquiring all other materials in support of college student coursework in the study of these language and literature programs at Wellesley.

    Sociology: The Education selector may collaborate with the Sociology selector in the area of the sociology of education. The Education selector would be more likely to be interested in studies which measure the effect of specific educational approaches or curriculum on outcomes across different demographic or cultural groups of children in the United States.

    Sciences ( Biology , Chemistry , Physics , Math ): The Education selector very selectively acquires books which support science teachers in training in the schools. These are shelved in the Curriculum Collection at Clapp Library. Books on the subject of science education in the United States are also acquired selectively for the general Education collection.

    Psychology and Cognitive Science: The Education selector may purchase basic materials concerned with the psychological, developmental, and social psychological processes involved in learning or teaching.

    Political Science: The Education selector will collaborate with the Political Science selector to acquire materials concerned with the politics of education.