Teaching Today

Teaching Today : An Introduction to Education

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Appropriate for Foundations of Education or Introduction to Teaching courses.This interesting introduction to education and teaching uses a reader-engaging style to explore the full spectrum of the field. Using reality as a springboard, it offers many hands-on opportunities for students to reflect, to analyze, and to develop effective decision-making and leadership skills. The authors provide clear, research-based coverage of relevant topics that relate to the profession's social, historical and philosophical foundations; characteristics of learners; school reform and theories associated with instruction; management; and evaluation. It truly prepares students to become altruistic, innovative teachers in a climate of constant change.show more

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 192.5 x 232.7 x 18.3mm | 734.83g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 6th edition
  • 0130226807
  • 9780130226808

Table of contents

I. THE PROFESSION TODAY. 1. Teaching in an Age of Change. A Day in the Life of a Teacher. What Makes Teaching Complex? Changes That Affect Teachers' Work. Examples of Changes That Have Been Implemented. Change and Prospective Teachers. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 1 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.2. Becoming a Professional Educator. Phases in Professional Development: Pre-Training. Phases in Professional Development: Formal Preparation. Phases in Professional Development: Induction Years. Phases in Professional Development: Continuing Growth. Major Professional Organizations: The NEA and AFT. The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Teaching Portfolios: Documenting Performance. Roles within Professional Education. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 2 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experience, Projects, and Enrichment. References.3. Legal Issues Affecting Teachers. The Relationship between Law and Education. Teacher Certification. Gaining Employment. Tenure and Continuing Employment. Professional Rights and Responsibilities. Teachers' Tort Liability. Teachers' Civil Rights. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 3 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.II. LEARNERS AND THEIR DIVERSE NEEDS. 4. Multiculturalism. The "What" and "Why" of Multicultural Education. A Brief History of Attitudes toward Minority-Group Learners. Desegregation and Its Influences on Learners. The Need for Accurate Information. Goals and General Suggestions for Teachers. Promising Initiatives. Useful Information Sources. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 4 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.5. Exceptional Learners. Learners with Disabilities. Gifted Learners. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 5 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.6. Learners' Rights and Responsibilities. Learners' Responsibilities. Learners' Rights. Emerging Issues. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 6 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.III. TEACHING IN TODAY'S CLASSROOMS. 7. Effective Instruction. Active Teaching. Productive Use of Class Time. Teachers' Expectations. Teachers' Questions. Homework and Learning. Observing in the Classroom. Some Final Thoughts. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 7 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.8. Classroom Management and Discipline. Dimensions of Classroom Management. Responding to Learner Misbehavior: Contexts for Effective Practice. Responding to Misbehavior: A Range of Alternatives. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 8 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.9. Assessing Learning. What Are the Purposes of Assessment? Understanding Assessment Terms. What Is the Relationship Between Assessment and the Instructional Process? Planning for Assessment. Measurement Options. Portfolios. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 9 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.IV. INFLUENCES ON TEACHERS AND LEARNERS. 10. Relationships Among Society, Schools, and Learners. Three Views of School Programs. Roles of Schools. Learners' Perceptions and Roles. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 10 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.11. Historical Roots of American Education. Legacies from Europe. Development of American Education. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 11 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.12. Practical Influences of Philosophy. Metaphysics (or Ontology). Epistemology. Axiology. Logic. Postmodern Philosophy. Educational Applications of Philosophical Ideas. Building a Personal Philosophy of Education. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 12 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.V. CONTEXTS OF TEACHING. 13. Challenges of School Reform. Systemic Reform. Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. School Choice. School-Business Partnership Programs. Full-Service Schools. Challenges and Prospective Teachers. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 13 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.14. The Influence of Curriculum. Curricula Based on Needs of Learners. Curricula Based on Academic Subject Matter. Curricula Based on the Needs of Society. Basic Patterns in Elementary and Secondary Schools. The Hidden Curriculum. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 14 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.15. School Funding, Staffing, and Organization. Paying for Education. How School Districts are Organized. How Individual Schools are Organized. Key Ideas in Summary. Chapter 15 Self Test. Reflections. Field Experiences, Projects, and Enrichment. References.Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index.show more

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