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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:

  • 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 5 Student Diversity: Development, Ability, and Exceptionalities
  • 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.

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.

To order this book WITHOUT MyEducationLab use this ISBN: 9780137012329.

To order this book WITH MyEducationLab use this ISBN: 9780131381278. Click here to learn more about MyEducationLab.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137012329
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Teaching, 4e Table of Contents

Part I The Teaching Profession

Chapter 1 Do I Want to Be a Teacher?

Chapter 2 Developing as a Professional

Part II Students

Chapter 3 Changes in American Society: Their Influences on Today’s Students

Chapter 4 Student Diversity: Culture, Language, and Gender

Chapter 5 Student Diversity: Development, Ability, and Exceptionalities

Part III Foundations

Chapter 6 Education in the United States: Its Historical Roots

Chapter 7 Educational Philosophy: The Intellectual Foundations of American


Chapter 8 The Organization of American Schools

Chapter 9 Governance and Finance: Regulating and Funding Schools

Chapter 10 School Law: Ethical and Legal Influences on Teaching

Part IV Teaching

Chapter 11 The School Curriculum in an Era of Standards and Accountability

Chapter 12 Creating Productive Learning Environments: Classroom Management

Chapter 13 Instruction in Today’s Schools

Chapter 14 Assessment, Standards, and Accountability

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This highly applied text introduces beginning education students to teaching and attempts to present an honest look at the real world of students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. The topics included in this book and the ways in which they are presented are all designed to answer the question, "What does this have to do with me and my future life as a teacher?"

To answer this question, the authors have developed cases and features that highlight the issues and challenges important in teachers' everyday lives. Each chapter begins with a case study that helps the reader understand how chapter topics relate to the real world of teaching. Then, these cases and vignettes are integrated throughout every chapter to provide concrete frames of reference for educational concepts. Each concept and discussion is framed within a case, so throughout the book students are applying concepts to real situations that teachers face every day.


The book is organized around three themes—Professionalism, Reform, and The Changing Role of Teachers—that provide the threads that bind the topics of the chapters together.


Professionalism ties together topics such as career selection, teacher working conditions, career-long development, teacher evaluation, and relationships with supervisors, peers, students, parents, and the community. The movement towards professionalism provides a tangible goal that can guide beginning teachers as they develop, and it has both short- and long-term potential for improving teaching. Professionalism also provides a framework for examining anumber of important issues that developing teachers face, such as more rigorous standards, accountability and testing, and merit pay. At the end of each chapter, Online Portfolio Activities, which are connected to INTASC Standards, encourage students to evaluate their own professional growth. Reflect on This sections that appear within each chapter contain realistic cases that provide additional opportunities for professional growth through decision making.


Reform has always been a factor in our educational system, but at no time in the past have so many people called for changes in education. Standards, accountability, and testing—for teachers and students—are being proposed as solutions to both educational and societal problems. Reform efforts have already changed schools and will continue to shape the profession for new teachers. The Teaching in an Era of Reform section in each chapter frames a reform issue as it relates to chapter content and asks students to make a personal evaluation of its potential.

The Changing Role of Teachers

Changes in society and in our schools mean changes for teachers. Selected chapters include the feature Exploring Diversity: Considering Multiple Perspectives, which helps beginning teachers understand different aspects of diversity and how they can address these differences in their teaching. In addition, The Changing Role of Teachers sections translate chapter topics into implications for teachers and teaching as education moves into the 21st century.


The book is interactive, encouraging prospective teachers to make conscious decisions about the kind of teacher they want to become. To create this interactive environment, the text uses Theme features, Field Experience features, Video features, and Pedagogical features to enhance the content and aid prospective teachers in their journey.

Theme features highlight the three themes around which the book is organized—Professionalism, Reform, and The Changing Role of Teachers—and present the content in an interactive way.

Exploring Diversity. This feature examines an issue related to the chapter's content and for which the increasing diversity in today's students has important implications.

Teaching in an Era of Reform. These special features provide an in-depth analysis of a reform topic related to the content of each chapter. At the end of this section, You Take a Position invites the reader to further investigate the reform by going to the Education Week Website, reading articles that discuss the reform, and taking a personal position (on the Companion Website) with respect to the issue presented in the chapter.

Reflect on This. This feature is an exercise that promotes personal connections by presenting realistic dilemmas in the form of cases that ask students to make professional decisions. Students can then compare their solutions to these educational dilemmas with feedback found on the book's Companion Website.

The Changing Role of Teachers. This chapter-closing section integrates chapter topics into implications for contemporary teachers. Prospective teachers are encouraged to consider the implications these changing roles have for their development as a professional.

Online Portfolio Activities. Students are encouraged to begin constructing professional portfolio entries tied to each chapter's content. These activities are linked to INTASC Standards and involve students in a range of activities including visiting the websites of professional organizations, beginning work on their philosophy of education, and connecting with local districts and state offices of education.

Field Experience features engage students in real or virtual classroom experiences to enhance their understanding of chapter content.

Going into Schools. At the end of each chapter students are invited to apply the information in the chapter to themselves and to school settings. Through focused observations and interviews, students connect to the schools and classrooms in which they'll teach.

Virtual Field Experience. This extension of the Going into Schools feature allows students who do not have a formal field-experience component as part of their course to explore issues and topics through the Internet. This feature can be found in the Field Experience Module of each chapter on the Companion Website.

Video features use videos of real-world situations and issues to connect with concepts presented in the text.

Looking Through Classroom Windows. Students are provided with realistic glimpses of teachers working in real classrooms. This boxed feature contains a summary of the real-world, unscripted, and unrehearsed video episodes that accompany the text. Students view the video episodes and then respond to questions asking them to apply what they've seen to the content of the chapter. A written transcript of each video episode and feedback for the students are available on the Companion Website. Looking Through Classroom Windows features are found in Chapters 1, 6, 10, 11, and 12.

Video Perspectives. Students investigate chapter topics through ABC News video segments focusing on controversial educational issues. Each Video Perspective section offers a short summary of the episode and asks students to think about and respond to questions relating to the video and chapter content. Video Perspectives are found in Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13.

Video Discussion Questions. Students view video clips of educational leaders (such as Theodore Sizer and John Goodlad), answer discussion questions online, and receive immediate feedback through the text's Companion Website (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, and 10).

Pedagogical features provide additional instructional support for students in their understanding of chapter content.

Chapter Introductions and Focus Questions introduce chapter content and identify major issues and questions.

Integrated Case Studies. Each chapter begins with an introductory case study. Additional cases throughout the text provide concrete examples of the topics discussed in the chapter. Within the chapter text, references to case studies are highlighted by a case icon.

Increasing Understanding Questions. Located in the margins of each chapter, these questions encourage students to think more deeply about chapter content and apply their understanding of the chapter topics to real-world situations. Students can answer these questions and receive immediate feedback on the Companion Website.

Chapter Summaries. Each chapter concludes with this concise recap of the major ideas discussed within the chapter.

Important Concepts. Also located at the end of each chapter, this section lists key concepts that are set in boldface type within the chapter.

Discussion Questions. Thought-provoking chapter-end questions provide opportunities for students to integrate and personalize the content in the chapters as they interact with their peers in discussion formats.


Part 1, The Profession, includes Chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 invites readers to consider their beliefs and reasons for wanting to become a teacher. In addition to describing the themes for the book, the chapter analyzes reasons for entering teaching and factors that influence those reasons. Chapter 2 examines the characteristics of the present teaching force and analyzes teaching using professionalism as a framework. The chapter also considers the complexities of teaching, the multiple roles of teachers, and the characteristics of the present teaching force.

Part 2, Students, includes Chapters 3 and 4. In Chapter 3 learner diversity is described as both a challenge and an opportunity facing tomorrow's teachers. Differences in ability and background knowledge require curricular and instructional adaptations. Cultural diversity, including language differences, requires educational adaptations. In addition, efforts to help both boys and girls as well as students with exceptionalities reach their full potential pose additional challenges. In Chapter 4 the changing American family, shifts in demographic and socioeconomic patterns, and other changes in society are analyzed, and their implications for teaching are discussed. Challenges facing modern youth, including alcohol and drug use, violence, suicide, child abuse, and increased sexuality are discussed. Educational efforts to assist American youth in facing these changes and challenges are described in terms of community, school, and instructional efforts.

Part 3, Foundations, includes Chapters 5 through 9. Chapter 5 discusses the history of education in the United States and focuses on changing conceptions of teachers and teaching. Using the changes in aims of education as a frame of reference, the chapter analyzes the evolving role of education in the United States. Chapter 6 describes the influence of different philosophical movements on schools and schooling. Traditional philosophies, such as idealism, realism, pragmatism, and existentialism, together with their educational counterparts, perennialism, essentialism, progressivism, and postmodernism, are discussed, and their implications for teaching are examined. The final section of the chapter helps developing teachers formulate their own evolving philosophy of teaching.

In Chapter 7 school aims, which were introduced in Chapter 6, are used to analyze different school organizational patterns. Developmental needs of learners and school responses are considered for the preschool, primary, middle, and high school levels. Research on effective schools is discussed and its implications for teaching are presented. Chapter 8 describes the uniquely American configuration of school governance and finance. Constitutional law is used as a framework to analyze the interconnected forces influencing both the governance and finance of American education. Recent innovations such as charter schools, vouchers, and school choice are used to analyze governance and finance issues. Chapter 9 begins by examining how ethics and law influence professional decision making. The U.S. legal system is described as an overlapping and interconnected web of federal, state, and local influences. The concepts of rights and responsibilities are used to frame legal issues for both teachers and students.

Part 4, Teaching, includes Chapters 10 through 12. In Chapter 10 the formal and informal curricula are described, and reform movements in education are placed within a historical context and used to analyze current curricular trends. Curriculum controversies are described using ideological struggles over the control of American education as a framework. Specific examples such as textbooks, banned books, and underrepresented minorities are used to illustrate these ideological conflicts. Chapter 11 begins by examining the effective teaching literature and continues with a historical look at two views of learning: behaviorism and cognitive psychology. Implications of the cognitive revolution in teaching are described in terms of learner-centered instruction, learner self-regulation, social influences on learning, and changing views of assessment. Chapter 12 begins with a brief history and overview of technology and teaching. Different ways that technology can influence learning are described and linked to different teaching functions. The chapter concludes with an examination of issues for the future and a look at how technology will change teaching.

Part 5, Careers, is the final part of the text and includes Chapter 13, which examines lifelong teacher development from multiple perspectives. The chapter begins by discussing the types of knowledge teachers must acquire in learning to teach. It continues by examining the characteristics of beginning teachers, including their beliefs, concerns, and experiences. The chapter closes with specific information about finding and obtaining a teaching position.


The text has the following ancillary materials to assist instructors in their attempts to maximize learning for all students.

Instructor's Manual/Media Guide. Concrete suggestions to involve students actively in learning and to promote interactive teaching. This manual contains many aids for instructors as they teach chapter topics and integrate the accompanying media to the fullest extent.

PowerPoint and Acetate Transparencies. Instructors can use transparencies to present and elaborate on topics covered in the text. These transparencies are available both on the Companion Website and as acetates.

Test Bank. Instructors are given access to multiple choice, critical thinking, and extended response questions for each chapter. These questions are available on CD-ROM in Mac and PC formats.

Looking Through Classroom Windows. Case videos, connected to Chapters 1, 6, 10, 11, and 12, provide realistic looks at teachers in classrooms.

ABC News Video Library: Critical Issues in Education, Vol. 1. News segments from ABC television programs such as Nightline, 20/20, and Good Morning America are tied to chapter topics and can serve as the focal point for classroom discussions. These appear as Video Perspectives features in Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13.

Discussion Videos. These 15- to 20-minute interviews with John Goodlad, Theodore Sizer, and Uri Treisman can be used to supplement shorter video clips found on the Companion Website or as stand-alone discussion starters.


Companion Website

Technology is a growing and changing aspect of education that is creating a need for resources. To address this emerging need, Prentice Hall has developed an online learning environment for both students and instructors to support this textbook. In creating the Companion Website, our goal is to embellish what the textbook already offers. For this reason, the content is organized by chapter and provides the instructor and student with a variety of meaningful resources.

For the Instructor. Syllabus Manager™ is an online syllabus creation and management instrument with the following capabilities:

  • Syllabus Manager™ provides you, the instructor, with a step-by-step process to create and revise syllabi without having to learn HTML. Direct links are provided to the Companion Website and other online content.
  • Your completed syllabus is hosted on our servers, allowing convenient updates from any computer on the Internet. Changes you make to your syllabus are immediately available to your students the next time they log on.
  • Students may log on to your syllabus at any time. All they need to know is the Web address for the Companion Website and the password you've assigned to your syllabus.
  • Clicking on a date, the student is shown the list of activities for that day's assignment. The activities for each assignment are linked directly to text content, which will save students time.
  • To add assignments, you simply click on the desired due date and then fill in the details of the assignment.
  • Links to other activities can be created easily. If the activity is online, a URL can be entered in the space provided, and it will be linked automatically in the final syllabus.

For the Student. The Companion Website provides students with resources and immediate feedback on exercises and other activities linked to the text. In addition, these activities, projects, and resources enhance and extend chapter content to real-world issues and concepts. Each chapter on the Companion Website contains the following modules (or sections) unless specified otherwise:

  • Chapter Overview—outlines key concepts and issues in the chapter.
  • Self-Assessment—multiple-choice quizzes with automatic grading provides immediate feedback for students.
  • Web Links—links to Internet sites that relate to and enhance chapter content.
  • Increasing Understanding—students can answer these margin questions online and receive immediate feedback.
  • Take a Position—students can visit the Education Week Website, search for information on a chapter-related issue, and then form their own opinions.
  • Reflect on This—reflection questions that extend chapter feature content.
  • Exploring Diversity—links to multicultural/diverse content and Websites.
  • Portfolio—activities and projects that give students the opportunity to begin building their professional portfolios.
  • Field Experience—projects and activities that create a virtual field experience for students who do not have a formal field experience component as part of the course.
  • Video Perspectives—thought-provoking questions that correspond to the issue-based ABC News video segments offered with the text (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13 only).
  • Classroom Windows—video transcripts of the Looking Through Classroom Windows videos with critical-thinking questions that connect the video and the chapter (Chapters 1, 6, 10, 11, and 12 only).
  • Video Discussion—streaming video with discussion questions (selected chapters).
  • Message Board—serves as a virtual bulletin board to post—or respond to—questions or comments to/from a national audience.
  • Chat—allows anyone who is using the text anywhere in the country to communicate in a real-time environment—ideal for discussion and study groups, class projects, and so on.
  • Other Resources—users have access to PowerPoint transparencies, the INTASC Standards as they are connected to chapter content and activities, and links to professional organizations.

Online Courses

Online courses for this course are available in two different formats: Blackboard (locally hosted by your school), and CourseCompass (nationally hosted by Prentice Hall).

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