This popular, motivational introduction to the field of education and the roles of today's teachers focuses on four main aspects of teaching: general characteristics of the profession; various needs of today's learners; approaches to management, teaching, and assessment; and, influences of technology, philosophy, sociology, and history on today's educators. Guided by these well-known authors' belief that “this book is only the beginning,” coverage exhibits a realistic emphasis on the topics that will be of particular concern to novice teachers. Numerous projects throughout the material actively engage readers in text content, while the special features encourage reflection, analysis, and self-discovery.
Table of Contents
PART 1: THE CHANGING PROFESSION
Chapter 1 How is Education Changing?
What Are the Foundations?
The Complexity of Teaching
Coping with Change
Chapter 2 What Does it Take to Become a Professional Educator?
Preparation as Process
Professional Development Phases
Two General Professional Organizations
Roles for Educators
A Professional Educator
Chapter 3 What are the Proposals for School Reform?
Change: Educators' Constant Companion
No Child Left Behind
School Business Partnerships
Full Service Schools
Teaching in a World of Change
PART 2: WORKING WITH STUDENTS
Chapter 4 Who Are the Students?
Varying Impressions of the Young
Selected Characteristics of Learners
Patterns of Development
Developing a Sense of Efficacy
Chapter 5 How Has Diversity Changed Education?
Benefits of Diversity
Goals and Suggestions
Chapter 6 What is Taught and How is it Taught?
Instructional Expertise and Teachers' Dispositions
Chapter 7 How Do We Know Students Have Learned?
Assessment and the Instructional Process
PART 3: FORCES SHAPING EDUCATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES
Chapter 8 How Did We Get Here?
The Historical Perspective
The European Legacy
Development of American Education
Chapter 9 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?
Chapter 10 How Do Philosophical Perspectives Influence Education?
The Importance of Philosophical Perspectives
Educational Applications of Philosophical Ideas
Building a Personal Philosophy of Education
Chapter 11 How is Technology Changing Education?
Technology and Behavior
Today's Technology: Some Promises
Today's Technology: Some Challenges
Chapter 12 What Do You Need to Know About the Law?
The Need to Understand the Legal Environment
Learner Rights and Responsibilities
Teacher Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter 13 Who Controls and Finances Education?
The Structure of Educational Control
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