With this brief, low-cost paperback text—the first written specifically for field-based Introduction to Education courses—teacher-candidates have an ideal resource that they can easily carry into schools and use as a notebook in which they can record their observations of teachers and students in action. Special features for use in the field, such as INTASC connected "Field-Based Activities" and "Portfolio Reflections and Exhibits," encourage interaction and thus enhance students' understanding of the material. To increase self-awareness and reflection by future teachers, this text also includes an emphasis on self-assessment.
Donna Wiseman is Associate Dean for Teacher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of numerous publications in the teacher education area. Her areas of expertise include literacy education, issues in teacher education, and school/university partnerships.
Stephanie Knight is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. She holds an Endowed Chair in Urban Education and directs the Center for the Study and Implementation of Collaborative Learning Communities at Texas A&M. Her specializations include teacher-as-researcher, school/university partnerships, and classroom practices.
Dr. Donna Cooner is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the School of Education. She is the program chair for the Master's in Educational Leadership and specializes in principal licensure. Dr. Cooner is the former Academic Coordinator of the South Knoll Professional Development School and served as the Professional Development School Coordinator for Texas A&M University. She is also the author of over twenty picture books for young children.
1. Developing a Personal View of Teaching. 2. Surveying Educational History and Philosophy. 3. Teaching in an Era of Accountability and Change. 4. Considering Legal and Ethical Issues. 5. Describing the Status of Contemporary Children, Adolescents, and Young People. 6. Interpreting Classroom Learning Theory. 7. Establishing A Successful Classroom Environment. 8. Teaching Lessons in Today's Classrooms. 9. Outlining School Context, Organization, and Leadership. 10. Collaborating with Families, Businesses, and Community.