For courses in Introduction to Teaching or Foundations of Education. With the movement toward the professionalization of teaching and national teacher certification programs, it is critical that students understand what it takes to become an educator before they enter the field. This text encourages readers to contemplate the complexities, diverse responsibilities, and the commitment of time and energy it takes to become a successful teacher. It is designed to help students understand the philosophical and historical roots of education, current educational structures and practices, and future developments in education.
I. THE TEACHING PROFESSION.
1. Status of the Profession.
2. Development of the Profession.
II. PHILOSOPHY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE SCHOOLS.
3. The Major Philosophies.
4. The Impact of Educational Theories on Educational Practice.
III. HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION.
5. American Education: European Heritage and Colonial Experience.
6. American Education From the Revolution to the Twentieth Century.
7. Modern American Education: From the Progressive Movement to the Present.
IV. THE SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY.
8. School and Society.
9. Responding to a Diverse and Multicultural Society.
10. Students at Risk.
V. LEGAL AND POLITICAL CONTROL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
11. Legal Framework for the Public Schools.
12. Teachers, Students, and the Law.
13. Governance and Financing of Elementary and Secondary Schools.
VI. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION.
14. The School Curriculum: Development and Design.
15. Instructional Practices in Effective Schools.
VII. PROJECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE.
16. Education for the New Millennium.