Becoming A Teacher

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-02-08
  • Publisher: PEARSON

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Explore the world teaching today through first-person stories and in-depth coverage of current issues
With a bright and engaging writing style that enlists the voices of experts as well as novices, Becoming a Teacher explores what it means to be a professional teacher in today’s climate of accountability, high-stakes testing, and changing legislation.

Becoming a Teacher embraces and articulates the challenges of the field of education, outlining ways to be an agent of change in the profession; pinpointing meaningful uses of technology in the classroom; clarifying the realities of diversity in the classroom; and clearly outlining past, present, and future thoughts on curriculum, instruction, assessment, management, philosophy, and issues in education. The down-to-earth and straightforward approach provides students with the tools and information necessary to answer the question, “Is teaching for me?”

Fully revised, the 11th Edition includes increased emphasis on culturally responsive teaching; two new chapters that address curriculum, standards, and student learning (Ch. 11) and becoming a professional teacher (Ch. 13); a thoroughly revised chapter on integrating technology into teaching (Ch. 12); emphasis on teacher preparation and STEM; and expanded chapter coverage to address the most current trends and issues in teaching such as students of undocumented immigrant parents, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), and trauma-sensitive schools.

Becoming a Teacher, 11th Edition is also available via Revel™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.

Author Biography

Forrest W. Parkay is Professor Emeritus, Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Washington State University. He was Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida for eight years and at Texas State University for five years. Forrest is also Adjunct Professor of Higher Education at Beijing Normal University. Forrest received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English education from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He earned his Ph.D. in education at the University of Chicago, and he is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program. He was Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU for three years. For eight years, Forrest taught at DuSable High School on Chicago’s South Side, and he served as Chairman of DuSable’s English Department for four years. He also taught rhetoric in the English Department at the University of Illinois-Urbana for two years. Forrest is the author or co-author of more than 60 refereed journal articles and several books. The 8th edition of Becoming a Teacher was translated into Mandarin, and the 7th and 8th editions into Indonesian. His research has appeared in the field’s leading peer-reviewed journals, including Phi Delta Kappa, American Journal of Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly. Forrest’s honors include a Fulbright Scholar Award, Fulbright Specialist’s Award, Faculty Excellence Award for Research (WSU), and Presidential Seminar Award (Texas State University). He is Past-President of the North Central Florida Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. A former Fulbright Scholar at Kasetart University’s Center for Research on Teaching and Teacher Education, Forrest has facilitated educational reform programs and conducted cross-national research in China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, India, and Singapore. Forrest serves as Advantage Education’s Vice President, Teaching and Learning. Advantage Education is a group of leading educators in China and U.S.A. focused on helping Chinese students fulfill their dream of studying at U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities.

Table of Contents

  1. Teaching: Your Chosen Profession
  2. Today’s Teachers
  3. Today’s Schools
  4. Philosophical Foundations of U.S. Education
  5. Historical Foundations of U.S. Education
  6. Governance and Finance of U.S. Schools
  7. Ethical and Legal Issues in U.S. Education
  8. Today’s Students
  9. Addressing Learners’ Individual Needs
  10. Creating a Community of Learners
  11. Curriculum, Standards, Assessment, and Student Learning
  12. Integrating Technology into Teaching
  13. Your Teaching Future

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