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Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional helps beginning education students make informed decisions about becoming a teacher and ensures that they have an up-to-date picture of the ever-changing face of education. Issues in reform, in diversity, and professionalism in day to day teaching situations are emphasized throughout the text. Cases, classroom examples, videos, and interactive applications bring topics to life, allowing students to better relate to, understand, and apply the material. To keep readers informed about the constantly changing education profession, the Sixth Edition includes new topics and significant updates about important developments in education. The most interactive and applied text in the field, Introduction to Teaching keeps prospective teachers actively involved in their learning and provides a realistic look at the world of teaching.
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Don Kauchak has taught and worked in schools in nine different states and in higher education for 40 years. He has published in a number of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, and Educational Leadership. In addition to this text, he has co-authored or co-edited six other books on education. He has also been a principal investigator on federal and state grants examining teacher development and evaluation practices, and presents regularly at the American Educational Research Association. Don strongly believes in the contribution that public schools make to our democracy, and his two children benefited greatly from their experiences in state-supported K—12 schools and public institutions of higher education.
Paul Eggen has worked in higher education for 35 years. In addition to his duties there, he spends a great deal of time working as a consultant to public schools in his university’s service area, and he has provided support to teachers in 12 different states. Paul has also worked with teachers in international schools in 23 countries around the world, including schools in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Central America, South America, Europe, and Japan. He has several articles published in national journals, is the co-author or co-editor of six books in addition to this one, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Paul is strongly committed to public education. His wife is a middle school teacher in a public school, and his two children are graduates of public schools and state-supported universities.
PART I TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
1 Do I Want to Be a Teacher?
2 Changes in American Society: Their Influences on Today’s Students
3 Student Diversity: Culture, Language, Gender, and Exceptionalities
Part II FOUNDATIONS
4 Education in the United States: Its Historical Roots
5 Educational Philosophy and Your Teaching
6 Choosing a School
7 Governance and Finance: Regulating and Funding Schools
8 School Law: Ethical and Legal Influences on Teaching
Part III TEACHING
9 The School Curriculum in an Era of Standards
10 Classroom Management: Creating Productive Learning Environments
11 Becoming an Effective Teacher
Part IV ENTERING THE PROFESSION
12 Educational Reform and You
13 Developing as a Professional