Teaching Today : An Introduction to Education

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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 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 readers to become altruistic, innovative teachers in a climate of constant change.Chapter topics include becoming a professional educator, legal issues affecting teachers, the diverse needs of a variety of learners, effective instruction, classroom management and discipline, assessing learning, influences on teachers and learners, and the influence of curriculum.For teachers in today's classrooms and the teachers of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

The Changing Profession
How is Education Changing?
What Are the Foundations?
The Complexity of Teaching
Coping with Change
What Does it Take to Become a Professional Educator?
Preparation as Process
Professional Development Phases
Two General Professional Organizations
Professional Ethics
Teaching Portfolios
Roles for Educators
A Professional Educator
What are the Proposals for School Reform?
Change: Educators' Constant Companion
Systemic Reform
School Choice
No Child Left Behind
School Business Partnerships
Full Service Schools
Teaching in a World of Change
Working with Students
Who Are the Students?
Varying Impressions of the Young
Selected Characteristics of Learners
Patterns of Development
Developing a Sense of Efficacy
How Has Diversity Changed Education?
Benefits of Diversity
Mutlicultural Education
Gender Issues
Goals and Suggestions
Exceptional Learners
What is Taught and How is it Taught?
The Curriculum
Instructional Expertise and Teachers' Dispositions
How Do We Know Students Have Learned?
Understanding Assessment
Assessment Purposes
Assessment Terms
Assessment and the Instructional Process
Planning Assessment
Measurement Options
Forces Shaping Educational Policies and Practices
How Did We Get Here?
The Historical Perspective
The European Legacy
Development of American Education
What is the Role of School in Society?
Education and Tensions in Society
Sociological Modes of Analysis
Sociological Perspectives on Educational Issues
Are Schools Failing?
How Do Philosophical Perspectives Influence Education?
The Importance of Philosophical Perspectives
Philosophical Perspectives
Educational Applications of Philosophical Ideas
Building a Personal Philosophy of Education
How is Technology Changing Education?
Looking Ahead
Technology and Behavior
Today's Technology: Some Promises
Today's Technology: Some Challenges
What Do You Need to Know About the Law?
The Need to Understand the Legal Environment
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