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Teaching Today: An Introduction to Education, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition

By David G. Armstrong, Kenneth T. Henson, Tom V. Savage

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 20, 2008

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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



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

                    Professional Ethics

                    Teaching Portfolios

                    Roles for Educators

                    A Professional Educator

Chapter 3    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




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

                    Mutlicultural Education    

                    Gender Issues

                    Goals and Suggestions

                    Exceptional Learners

Chapter 6    What is Taught and How is it Taught?

                    The Curriculum

                    Instructional Expertise and Teachers' Dispositions

Chapter 7    How Do We Know Students Have Learned?

                    Understanding Assessment

                    Assessment Purposes

                    Assessment Terms

                    Assessment and the Instructional Process

                    Planning Assessment

                    Measurement Options




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

                    Philosophical Perspectives

                    Educational Applications of Philosophical Ideas

                    Building a Personal Philosophy of Education

Chapter 11  How is Technology Changing Education?

                    Looking Ahead

                    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

                    Financing Education

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