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Introduction to Teaching : Becoming a Professional,9780130108586
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Introduction to Teaching : Becoming a Professional

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For introductory courses in teaching and education.How do you attract, prepare and retain future teachers? This highly applied text introduces beginning education students to teaching and presents an honest look at the real world of students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. Each chapter begins with a case study that helps the reader understand how chapter topics relate to the real world of teaching. In addition, each concept and discussion is framed within a case, so throughout the book students are applying concepts to real situations that teachers face everyday. Look for book icons to indicate where the text refers back to the opening case.

Table of Contents


1. Why Become a Teacher?
Why People Decide to Teach. Rewards and Difficulties in Teaching. The Teaching Profession. Becoming a Teacher in an Era of Reform.

2. The Teaching Profession.
Teaching: A Time Perspective. Teaching: Dealing With Complexities. The Multiple Roles of Teaching. Who Will You Work With?


3. Learner Diversity: Differences in Today's Students.
Cultural Diversity. Gender. Ability Differences. Learning Styles. Students with Exceptionalities.

4. Changes in American Society: Influences on Today's Schools.
A Changing Society. Students Placed At-Risk.


5. Education in the United States: Its Historical Roots.
The Colonial Period (1607-1775). The Early National Period (1775-1820). The Common School Movement (1820-1865). The Evolution of the American High School. The Progressive Era. Searching for Equality: The Education of Cultural Minorities. The Modern Era: Schools Instruments for National Purpose and Social Change.

6. Educational Philosophy: The Intellectual Foundations of American Education.
Philosophy and the Philosophy of Education. Traditional Schools of Philosophy. Exploring Diversity: Philosophy and Cultural Minorities. Philosophies of Education. Developing as a Professional: Forming a Personal Philosophy of Education.

7. The Organization of American Schools.
What Is a School? The Organization of Schools. Early-Childhood Programs. Elementary Schools. High Schools, Junior High Schools, and Middle Schools. What Is an Effective School?

8. Governance and Finance: Regulating and Funding Schools.
Governance: How Are Schools Regulated and Run? School Finance: How Are Schools Funded? Emerging Issues in School Governance and Finance.

9. School Law: Ethical and Legal Influence on Teaching.
Law, Ethics, and Teacher Professional Decision Making. The U.S. Legal System. Teachers' Rights and Responsibilities. Religion and the Law. Students' Rights and Responsibilities.


10. The School Curriculum.
What Is Curriculum? Forces That Influence the Curriculum. Controversies in the Curriculum.

11. Instruction in American Classrooms.
Looking in Classrooms to Define Effective Teaching. Using Our Understanding of Learning to Define Effective Teaching.

12. Technology in American Schools.
What Is Technology? Using Technology in the Classroom. Issues in the Use of Educational Technology.


13. Joining the Profession.
Characteristics of Beginning Teachers. Knowledge and Learning to Teach. Joining the Profession. Surviving Your First Year of Teaching.

Appendix: Directory of State Teacher-Certification Offices.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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