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Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning is the ideal beginning text for aspiring teachers. Acclaimed authors Gene Hall, Linda Quinn, and Donna Gollnick thoroughly prepare students to make a difference as teachers, presenting first-hand stories and evidence-based practices while offering a student-centered approach to learning. The authors focus on how to address one of the biggest challenges facing many of today’s schools—making sure that all students are learning—and help teachers make student learning the primary focus in all that they do. From true-to-life challenges that teachers will face (high-stakes testing, reduced funding, low retention, Common Core Standards) to the inspiration and joy they will discover throughout their teaching careers, this text paints a realistic picture of the real life of a teacher.

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Editorial Reviews

Dana Hilbert
“[I would be] likely [to adopt this textbook]. I like the ‘extras’ besides just a standard textbook. The beginning and end-of-chapter features are very appealing. We are meeting currently to try to breathe life back into our Introduction course…which has become so bogged down in content knowledge, we have ignored curiosity and problem solving skills. This textbook appears to be on the same mission.”
Amanda Lee Glaze
“I am very likely to adopt this book for a course; I have enjoyed the review and feel that it would best meet the needs of my students in the foundations of education courses.”
Tanisha Billingslea
“I would very likely adopt this textbook for my course. It presents a wealth of information without being overwhelming for beginning education students. I also really like the pedagogical features. They give the students plenty of opportunities to critically engage with the material.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452202914
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Pages: 546
  • Sales rank: 114,671
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene E. Hall is a professor of Educational & Urban Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Earlier in his career he was a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Florida, and the University of Northern Colorado. He was also Director of the Partnerships for Excellence in Teacher Education (PETE) project, which was housed at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in Washington D.C. Throughout his career he has been involved with development of innovative teacher education programs. He also has served on several committees and projects related to national accreditation of teacher education. Hall is a national and internationally recognized scholar for his research on the change process in organizations. He is coauthor of one of the leading educational foundations textbooks: Johnson et al., Foundations of American Education, 15th Edition.

Linda F. Quinn is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is an experienced classroom teacher who has practiced extensively both within the United States and abroad, including in Italy, Iran, and Japan. She earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston and also served as the director of professional development for classroom teachers at the University of Northern Iowa. Quinn works frequently with teacher education candidates and other students who are considering careers in education, and she has published numerous articles in leading educational journals.

Donna M. Gollnick is an international consultant for accreditation. She served as Senior Consultant for the transition of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to a new accrediting organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) after being the Senior Vice President for NCATE for 25 years. She has had an extensive career of national leadership in teacher education as well as continuing national leadership in multicultural education. She is lead author of a leading text in multicultural education: Gollnick & Chinn, Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society, 9th Edition. With Gene Hall, she is a coauthor of one of the leading educational foundations textbooks: Johnson et al., Foundations of American Education, 15th Edition.

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Table of Contents

Visual Preface
Note From the Authors
Part I: Today's Teachers, Students, and Schools
1. Becoming a Teacher
2. Today's Students
3. Addressing Learners' Individual Needs
4. The Social Context of Schools
5. Families and Communities
Part II: The Foundations of Education
6. The History of Schools in the U.S.
7. Developing an Educational Philosophy
8. Organizing Schools for Learning
9. Regulating and Funding Schools
10. The Law as it Relates to Teaching and Learning
Part III: Teaching for Student Learning
11. Standards, Curriculum & Accountability
12. Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior
13. Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Learning
14. Using Technology to Improve Student Learning
15. Assessing Student Learning and Results
Part IV: Becoming Tomorrow's Highly Effective Teacher
16. Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program, and Beyond
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