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This new book offers solid coverage of the most relevant introduction to teaching and foundations topics in education today. This new book provides a broad introduction to teaching and foundations based on interesting, current discussion of important theory and practice. It offers a thorough overview of the teaching profession, standards, assessment and the historical, social and philosophical aspects of American Education. preservice and new teachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205349869
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with Summary, Discussion Questions, Journal Entries, Portfolio Development, School-Based Experiences, Web Sites, Notes, and Bibliography.


Viewing Education Through Professional Lenses.

1. Teaching as a Profession.

Education Headlines: No Crisis, But Trouble on the Way.

Today's Teachers.

Teaching as a Profession.

Debate: Should Nationally Certified Teachers Be Paid More?

Professional Dilemma: Who Is Cheating Now?

Relevant Research: Making Meaning of the Portfolio.

Global Perspective: Education International.

Challenges Affecting Teachers.

Beginning and Continuing a Teaching Career.


Viewing Education through Sociological Lenses.

2. Diversity in Society.

Education Headlines: Little Newcomers in a Strange Land.

Culture and Society.

Diversity and Education.

Socioeconomic Status.

Ethnicity and Race.

Relevant Research: Development of Racial and Gender Identity.


Global Perspective: Poverty, Illiteracy, and School Attendance in China.


Professional Dilemma: Communicating with Parents of English Language Learners.


Debate: Are Too Many Kids Labeled Gifted?



Cultural Identity.

3. Education That Is Multicultural.

Education Headlines: Internet at School Is Changing Work of Students-and Teachers.

Undergirding Tenets.

Global Perspectives: Antiracist and Multicultural Education.

Culture of the School.

Culturally Relevant Teaching.

Debate: Should We Correct Students' Grammar All the Time, Every Time?

Educational Challenges

Relevant Research: Boys and Girls in Performance-Based Science Classrooms.

Teachers as Social Activists.

Professional Dilemma: Harassment in Schools.


Viewing Education through Organizational Lenses.

4. Organizing and Paying for American Education.

Education Headlines: Study: School Choice Popular; Academic Results Are Unclear.

The Structure of the American Education System.

Professional Dilemma.

The Financing of Education: Sources of Funds and The Move from Equity to Adequacy.

Relevant Research: Reform of School Finance in Michigan.

Debate: Has Student Fundraising Gone Too Far?

Education Spending.

Global Perspectives: International Comparisons in Spending for Schools.


Viewing Education through Historical Lenses.

5. The Role of Education in the Developing Nation.

Education Headlines: Why Study History?

Providing Education in the New World.

Global Perspectives: Educational Transplantation from Europe.

Relevant Research: Critiquing Historical Sources.

Global Perspectives: European Beginnings of Teacher Training.

Debate: Should NEA Affiliates Help Get Rid of Bad Teachers?

Education for Special Populations.

Global Perspectives: Maria Montessori.

Professional Dilemma: Can a Teacher Both Defend and Criticize Past and Present Schools?


6. Using Recent History to Improve Student Learning.

Education Headlines: Is History Knowable?

More Students and Bigger Schools.

Debate: Should Seat Belts Be Mandatory on School Buses?

Relevant Research: Student Homework.

A Developing Profession.

Global Perspectives: Jean Piaget.

Professional Dilemma: How Can the Busy Teacher Keep Up with Historical and Contemporary Research?

Global Perspectives: Educators' Worldwide Responsibility.


Viewing Education through Philosophical Lenses.

7. Educational Theory in American Schools: Philosophy in Action.

Education Headlines: A Wake Up Call.

Authoritarian Educational Theories.

Debate: Should Today's Education Be Relevant to Tomorrow's Job Market?

Nonauthoritarian Educational Theories.

Professional Dilemma: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Ability Grouping?

Relevant Research: Developing Authentic Assessments.

Global Perspectives: Looking Beyond the Boundaries.

8. Building an Educational Philosophy.

Education Headlines: Authors Add Character to Curriculum.

Using Philosophy in the Classroom.

Debate: Is Environmental Education Scaring Our Kids to Death?

Relevant Research: The Three C's of Safe Schools: Cooperation, Conflict Resolution, and Civic.


Professional Dilemma: Should You Use Authentic Assessment to Grade Students?

Using Philosophy Beyond the Classroom.

Global Perspectives: The World as Classroom.


Viewing Education through Program Development Lenses.

9. Designing Programs for Learners.

Education Headlines: Charter Schools Working Together.

Types of Curriculum Design.

Students Served by the Curriculum.

Purposes of Curriculum.

Alternative Curriculum Programs.

Debate: Are Charter Schools Eroding Support for Public Schools?

Relevant Research: Do Magnet Schools Boost Achievement?

Global Perspectives: Schools of Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Professional Dilemma: “I've Been There, Seen That, Done That Before”.

10. Standards-Based Education and Assessment.

Education Headlines: High Stakes Testing: They're Here and They're Not Going Away.

Standards-Based Education.

Global Perspectives: Australia Is Exploring a New Approach to Education Reform.

The Changing Face of Assessment.

Relevant Research: A Case Study of Alternative Assessment: Student, Teacher, and Observer Perceptions in a Ninth Grade Biology Classroom.

Professional Dilemma: What Is the Proper Way to Prepare for High Stakes, State-Mandated Tests?

Bringing Standards to the Classroom: A True Story.

Epilogue: Education in the 21st Century.

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