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Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional
Donald Kauchak and Paul Eggen
Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional, the best-selling, case-based text for beginning education students, provides a look at the real world of students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. Authentic case studies provide a framework for chapter discussions and show how chapter topics relate to the real world of teaching. New guided learning features maximize your learning and exploration of teaching.
Three themes throughout this text–Professionalism, Diversity, and Reform–will help you decide if teaching is the right career for you as you learn about students in our ever-changing diverse society, read how reform impacts education, and acquire professional knowledge.
This third edition invites you to:
Become a professional
NEW!Learn how to create productive learning environments — Chapter 11 introduces you to the world of well-managed classrooms and their importance, and offers strategies for involving parents in their child’s education.
NEW! Professional Knowledge: Test Yourself! — Test your knowledge before reading the chapter by taking an interactive survey. Specific feedback is provided throughout every chapter.
Preparing for Your Licensure Exam — This case-based feature prepares you to successfully pass the Praxis II exam as well as your individual state licensure exam.
¨ The text’s companion website(http://www.prenhall.com/kauchak) enables future educators in California, Florida, and Texas to explore state-specific educational content and standards, and apply text content through state-specific activities.
NEW! Becoming a Professional DVD and feature
¨ In Today’s Classroom— Observe teachers and students in their classrooms through videos of classroom-based chapter content. (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, and 13)
¨ ABC News VideoandVideo Perspective — Videos bring to life current and controversial educational issues discussed throughout the text. Answer questions and apply your responses to your professional philosophy or engage in group discussion. (Chapters 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 11)
Decision-Making: Defining Yourself as a Professional— This end-of-chapter feature allows you to decide how to handle a situation related to each chapter’s content and consider its implications for your development as a professional educator. Learn about today’s diverse students
NEW! Teaching in Urban Settings — Learn about the challenges and rewards of teaching in an urban setting and how effective teachers adapt their teaching to meet the needs of students in urban areas. Icons identify these discussions.
Exploring Diversity — This feature examines diversity issues in today’s classrooms in more depth, considers their important educational implications, and applies diversity issues to your own teaching philosophy.
Understand how reform impacts schools today and tomorrow
Teaching in an Era of Reform— Read about current reform issues supported by chapter content. You Take a Position questions guide your response through active reflection.
Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional, the best-selling, case-based text for beginning education students, provides a look at the real world of students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. Engage your students through authentic case studies that provide a framework for chapter discussions and relate chapter topics to the real world of teaching. The fourth edition offers a strong focus on standards, assessment, and diversity while keeping its well-known coverage of professionalism and decision making.
The fourth edition helps students to examine their beliefs, make decisions, and:
Develop as a Professional Educator:
- This I Believe— Students are encouraged to assess their beliefs about critical issues.
- Taking a Stand in an Era of Reform — Students learn about current reform issues and develop a stance through assignments available on this text’s online resource — MyEducationLab.
- Decision-Making: Defining Yourself as a Professional — Students consider how to handle a teaching situation and reflect on its implications for their development as a professional educator.
Understand and Celebrate Today’s Diverse Classrooms:
EXPANDED! Teaching in Urban Environments — Students are introduced to the challenges and rewards of teaching in an urban setting. Exploring Diversity— This feature promotes student reflection on important diversity issues and how those issues affect classrooms, and is accompanied by MyEducationLab assignments.
- Three Chapters on Diversity:
- Chapter 3 Changes in American Society: Their Influences on Today’s Students
- Chapter 4 Student Diversity: Culture, Language, and Gender
- NEW! Chapter 5Student Diversity: Development, Ability, and Exceptionalities
Understand and Learn About Current Issues in Education Today:
- NEW!Chapter 14 Assessment, Standards, and Accountability
- NEW! Integrated discussion of technology in every chapter— Students can now view technology as a piece of the instructional and learning process rather than a separate entity.
- NEW! Coverage of current topics: President Obama’s plan for education, 21st century skills, merit/performance pay, cyber bullying, middle school grade dilemma, urban mayoral takeovers, technology access issues, and more!
Prepare with the Power of Classroom Practice.
• Take Practice Tests for each chapter of your text.
– Completion of each practice test generates a study plan that is unique to you.
– The study plan links to text excerpts activities with feedback, and videos and other media that can help you master concepts covered in your text.
• Complete Assignments and Activities to apply text content to real classroom situations.
• Authentic classroom video shows real teachers and students interacting, and helps prepare you for the classroom.
• Explore the Building Teaching Skills and Dispositions exercises to practice and strengthen the skills that are essential to teaching.
• Case studies offer real-life perspectives on common issues and challenges faced in the classroom.
• Authentic student and teacher classroom artifacts provide you with the actual types of materials encountered every day by teachers.
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'Introduction to Teaching, third edition, introduces beginning education students to the real world of teaching, providing education students with an honest look at the students, classrooms, and schools they’ll encounter. Three themes central to teaching today-- professionalism, diversity, and decision-making-- are woven through the text to give students deeper understanding of the teaching profession and to better prepare them for that profession. Two questions frame the text, “Do I want to bea teacher?” and “What kind of teacher do I want to become?”. Case studies at the beginnings of chapters provide a frame of reference for understanding chapter content while numerous teaching vignettes throughout the chapters provide vivid examples that increase reader understanding and interest. '
Updated in a new 4th edition, this book presents three themes central to teaching today—professionalism, diversity, and reform — through multiple classroom-based cases in each chapter to give students deeper understanding of and better preparation for the teaching profession. Two central questions frame the text: “Do I want to be a teacher?” and “What kind of teacher do I want to become?” provide students a core examination of key topics.
With two full chapters on diversity and a new chapter on assessment, standardsa, and accountability this book provides readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of teaching today.
For students in pre-service and alternate route teacher education programs.
Table of Contents
1. Do I Want to Be a Teacher?
2. Developing as a Professional.
3. Helping Diverse Learners Succeed in Today's Classrooms.
4. Changes in American Society: Their Influences on Today's Schools.
5. Education in the United States: Its Historical Roots.
6. Educational Philosophy: The Intellectual Foundations of American Education.
7. The Organization of American Schools.
8. Governance and Finance: Regulating and Funding Schools.
9. School Law: Ethical and Legal Influences on Teaching.
10. The School Curriculum.
11. Creating Productive Learning Environments.
12. Instruction in American Classrooms.
13. Technology in American Schools.