Pre-ETS Glossary


This is the primary glossary for the site. It contains more than 1100 terms related to learning, secondary education, post-secondary education, employment, disability, and various aspects of pre-employment transition.

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Formal Operations

Fourth and final stage in Piaget's theory of intellectual development, beginning at approximately 12 years, in which abstraction and suppositional capacities are acquired. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Formative Evaluation

Evaluation that is used to modify or improve products, programs, or activities and is based on feedback obtained during their planning and development. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Foster Care

Care and rearing of children in private homes by persons other than the natural parents, with or without adoption. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Foundation Programs

Systems whereby state funds are used to supplement local or intermediate school district funds for elementary and secondary education -- a "minimum foundation" of financial support is usually guaranteed regardless of the local district's ability to support education. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Foundations of Education

The philosophy, social forces, institutions, and human relations upon which the formal educational system is based. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Free Enterprise System

Economic system in which individuals, rather than the government, make decisions about the way goods and services are produced, distributed, and used. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Free Schools

Alternative schools offering a completely voluntaristic framework, including an unstructured curriculum and a spontaneous learning environment -- students are free to select what to learn, with whom, when, and how -- grades, competition, and comparisons between individuals are discarded. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences

French Canadians

A major ethnic component of contemporary Canadian society dating back to 17th-century settlement (New France), whose language and culture are officially preserved, along with those of English-speaking Canadians, by the federal government of Canada. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Freshman Composition

Writing instruction intended for first-year college students. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences


Full State Funding

Financial support provided wholly by a state government. Definition provided by ERIC: Institution of Education Sciences



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