Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do / Edition 1

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The professions of law, medicine, engineering, and architecture have put in place the key elements of a professional education curriculum-the building blocks that form the foundation of preparation for all those who enter these occupations. Only in recent years has the teaching profession begun to identify and develop the knowledge base that will frame its core curriculum.

Based on rapid advances in what is known about how people learn and how to teach effectively, this important book examines the core concepts and central pedagogies that should be at the heart of any teacher education program. Stemming from the results of a commission sponsored by the National Academy of Education, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World recommends the creation of an informed teacher education curriculum with the common elements that represent state-of-the-art standards for the profession.

Written for teacher educators in both traditional and alternative programs, university and school system leaders, teachers, staff development professionals, researchers, and educational policymakers, the book addresses the key foundational knowledge for teaching and discusses how to implement that knowledge within the classroom. Preparing Teachers for a Changing World recommends that, in addition to strong subject matter knowledge, all new teachers have a basic understanding of how people learn and develop, as well as how children acquire and use language, which is the currency of education. In addition, the book suggests that teaching professionals must be able to apply that knowledge in developing curriculum that attends to students' needs, the demands of the content, and the social purposes of education: in teaching specific subject matter to diverse students, in managing the classroom, assessing student performance, and using technology in the classroom.

The ideas and suggestions outlined in this book have far-reaching implications for educational policy, classroom practice, and staff development and will go a long way toward informing the next generation of teachers.

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"this book will be a valuable resource to guide curriculum design, education policy, and teachers' prof development." (Childhood Education, Winter 2007-2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 244,909
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, and executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. She lives in Stanford, California with her husband and three children.

John D. Bransford is Centenniel Professor of Psychology and Education and co-director of the Learning Technology Center at Vanderbilt University. He is co-chair of the National Academy of Education's Committee on Teacher Education.

Collaborating editors Pamela LePage, Karen Hammerness, and Helen Duffy served as staff of the National Academy's Committee on Teacher Education.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Theories of learning and their roles in teaching 40
3 Educating teachers for developmentally appropriate practice 88
4 Enhancing the development of students' language(s) 126
5 Educational goals and purposes : developing a curricular vision for teaching 169
6 Teaching subject matter 201
7 Teaching diverse learners
8 Assessment 275
9 Classroom management 327
10 How teachers learn and develop 358
11 The design of teacher education programs 390
12 Implementing curriculum renewal in teacher education : managing organizational and policy change 442
13 References 480
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