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Combining the brevity of a streamlined Introduction to Education text with the support package of a much more expensive book, the brief edition of Teachers, Schools, and Society encourages experienced instructors to explore their own creativity while ensuring that newer faculty can teach the course with confidence. David Sadker’s and Karen Zittleman’s lively writing style captures the joys and challenges of teaching. The text stresses the importance of fairness and justice in school and society, focuses on the most crucial topic areas, and integrates the most current issues in education. In addition, the wealth of activities included--from online video observations to portfolio-building exercises--offers a broad range of ways to introduce students to the teaching profession.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073230078
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sadker has taught in middle and senior high schools, as well as at the college level, and has been a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and American University (Washington, DC) for more than three decades. He and his late wife Myra Sadker, gained a national reputation for research and publications concerning the impact of gender in schools. (To learn more about Myra’s life and work, visit www.sadker.org). Dr. Sadker has degrees from CCNY, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts. He has written several books and numerous articles in both professional and popular journals. He co-authored Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls, (Touchstone Press in 1995), and his research has been reported in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including USA Today, USA Weekend, Parade Magazine, Business Week, The Washington Post, The London Times, The New York Times, Time, and Newsweek. He has appeared on local and national television and radio shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Phil Donahue’s The Human Animal, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, and twice on Dateline: NBC with Jane Pauley. The Sadkers received the American Educational Research Association’s award for the best review of research published in the United States (1991), their professional service award in 1995, and their Willystine Goodsell award in 2004. The Sadkers were recognized with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from The American Association of University Women in 1995, and the Gender Architect Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in 2001. David Sadker has received two honorary doctorates.

Karen R. Zittleman came to American University as a graduate student, worked with Dr. Sadker on gender equity research, then began researching teacher education issues, and now has graduated to co-author of this text. Karen brings both energy and insights to this textbook. Karen attended the University of Wisconsin for her bachelor’s degree, and American University for her master’s and doctorate. She teaches at American University’s School of Education, and has been a virtual teacher for several courses offered online through the Women’s Educational Equity Act. Her articles about gender, Title IX, and teacher education appear in the Journal of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, Principal and other professional journals. She is a contributing author to Teaching and Gender Equity: Foundations, Skills, Methods and Strategies (Lawrence Erlbaum publishers), and has created several equity websites. Karen has also authored Making Public Schools Great for Every Girl and Boy, an instructional guide on promoting equity in math and science instruction (National Educational Association), and educational film guides for A Hero for Daisy and Apple Pie: Raising Champions. She is project manager for Myra Sadker Advocates. Karen’s research interests have focused on educational equity, foundations of education, teacher preparation, and spirituality in education.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Teaching Profession and You

Do Teachers Like Teaching?

Professionalism at the Crossroads

From Normal Schools to Board-Certified Teachers

How Teachers are Prepared Today

Views of Teacher Education

On Urban Legends about Teaching…

Educational Associations

The NEA and AFT

Professional Associations and Resources

Southwest Airlines and Teaching
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Chapter 2: Diverse Learners

Different Ways of Learning

Multiple Intelligences

Instructional Technology


Emotional Intelligence

Cultural Diversity

Teaching Them All

Culture and Education 101

Multicultural Education

Bilingual Education

Exceptional Learners

The Gifted and Talented

Special Education

Assistive Technology

Technology and Equity
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Chapter 3: Student Life in School and at Home

Rules, Rituals, and Routines

"Come Right Up and Get Your New Books": A Teacher's Perspective

"Come Right Up and Get Your New Books": A Student's Perspective

Delay and Social Distraction

Watching the Clock

The Teacher as Gatekeeper

The Other Side of the Tracks

The Power of Elementary Peer Groups

Guest Column: Huanted by Racist Attitudes

High School's Adolescent Society

Our Children, Your Students

Family Patterns

Wage Earners and Parenting


America's New Families

Latchkey Kids

Hidden America: Homeless Families

Children: At Promise or At Risk?

Dropping Out

Sexuality and Teenage Pregnancy

AIDS: HIV Comes to School

Substance Abuse: Drinking, Drugs, andSmoking

Youth Suicide

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered: OurInvisible Students


The Affective Side of School Reform
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Chapter 4: The History of American Education

Christopher Lamb's Colonial Classroom

Colonial New England Education: God's Classrooms

A New Nation Shapes Education

The Common School Movement

Spinsters, Bachelors, and Gender Barriers in Teaching

The Secondary School Movement

School Reform Efforts

John Dewey and Progressive Education

The Federal Government

The World We Created at Hamilton High: A Schoolography

A Super School (If You're on the Right Side of the Tracks), 1953–1965

Social Unrest Comes to School, 1966–1971

The Students' Turn, 1972–1979

New Students, Old School, 1980–1985

Hall of Fame: Profiles in Education
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Chapter 5: The Struggle for Educational Opportunity

Educational Opportunity for All

Native American Tribes: The History of Miseducation

Black Americans: The Struggle for a Chance to Learn

Hispanics: Growing School Impact

Mexican Americans

Puerto Ricans

Cuban Americans

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Magnitude of Diversity

Chinese Americans

Filipino Americans

Asian Indian Americans

Japanese Americans

Southeast Asian Americans

Arab Americans: Moving Beyond the Stereotype

Women and Education: A History of Sexism

The Impact of Title IX

Are Equity and Excellence Compatible?: Classroom Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners

American Schools: Better than We Think?
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Chapter 6: Philosophy of Education

Finding Your Philosophy of Education

Inventory of Philosophies of Education

Interpreting Your Responses

Five Philosophies of Education

Teacher-Centered Philosophies



Student-Centered Philosophies


Social Reconstructionism


Psychological Influences on Education



Cultural Influences on Education

The Three Legendary Figures of Classical WesternPhilosophy

Basic Philosophical Issues and Concepts

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Aesthetics


Your Turn
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Chapter 7: Financing and Governing America's Schools

Follow the Money: Financing America's Schools

Why Should Teachers Care Where the Money Comes from?

The Property Tax: The Road to Unequal Schools

Reforming Education Finance

Robin Hood's New Arrow: Adequacy

Does Money Matter?

States Finding the Money

The Federal Government's Role in FinancingEducation

What the Future May Hold for School Finance


Choice Programs

The Economy's Impact on School Budgets

Local Fundraising

Decaying Infrastructure

Governing America's Schools

School Governance Quiz

The Legal Control of Schools

From an Idea to a Reality

State Influence Grows as School Boards Come under Fire

The School Superintendent and Principal

Covert Power in Schools

Business and Schools

Making Schools More Responsive
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Chapter 8: School Law and Ethics

Classroom Law

What Is Your Rights Quotient?

I. Teachers' Rights and Responsibilities

II. Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Teaching and Ethics

Moral Education: Programs That Teach Right from Wrong

Character Education

Classrooms That Explore Ethical Issues
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Chapter 9: Schools: Choices and Challenges

A Meeting Here Tonight

The Purposes of School

Purpose 1: To Transmit Society's Knowledge and Values (Passing the Cultural Baton)

Purpose 2: Reconstructing Society (Schools as Tools for Change)

Public Demands for Schools

Where Do You Stand?

Education Reform

Beyond the Neighborhood Public School

The Choice Concept

Magnet Schools

Open Enrollment


Charter Schools


EMOs (Educational Maintenance Organizations): Schools for Profit

Brand Name Education: Should Schools Be "Open" for Business?

Home Schools, Home Teachers

What Makes a School Effective?

Factor 1: Strong Leadership

Factor 2: A Clear School Mission

Factor 3: A Safe and Orderly Climate

Factor 4: Monitoring Student Progress

Factor 5: High Expectations

A Note of Caution on Effective Schools Research

Beyond Five Factors
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Chapter 10: Curriculum, Standards and Testing

The Faculty Room

The Visible Curriculum

The Two Rs in the Seventeenth Century

Eighteenth Century: Focus on Building a New Nation

A Secularized Curriculum for Students in the Nineteenth Century

Progressive Education in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Sputnik in Space and a More Involving Curriculum, 1950s-1960s

Social Concern and Relevance, 1960s-1970s

Back to Basics, Standards and Testing, 1980s-Today

The Invisible Curriculum

The Extracurriculum

Who and What Shape the Curriculum?


Parental and Community Groups



State Government

Local Government

Colleges and Universities

Standardized Tests

Education Commissions and Committees

Professional Organizations

Special Interest Groups


Federal Government

The Technology Revolution

The Reign of the Textbook

The Standards Movement

No Child Left Behind: Tests and Protests

Test Problems: Seven Reasons Why Standardized Tests are Not Working

Alternatives to High-Stakes Testing

Tension Points

Intelligent Design versus Evolution

Censorship and the Curriculum

Cultural Literacy or Cultural Imperialism?

The Saber-Tooth Curriculum

New Directions for the Curriculum

Enduring Lessons: A Modest Proposal
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Chapter 11: Becoming an Effective Teacher

Are Teachers Born, or Made?

Academic Learning Time

Classroom Management

The Pedagogical Cycle

Clarity and Academic Structure


Student Response

Reaction or Productive Feedback

Variety in Process and Content Models

Models for Effective Instruction

Direct Teaching

Cooperative Learning

Mastery Learning

Problem-Based Learning

Technology as a Tool for Effective Teaching

It's the Teaching, Not the Technology

Problem-Based Learning

Cooperative Learning and Scaffolding

Mastery Learning

Wait Time and Teacher Feedback

Direct Teaching

Effective and Reflective Teaching

Stages of Teacher Development
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Appendix -- Praxis IITM Preview and Sample Test Items

Online Appendices

Online Appendix A: State Departments of Education

Online Appendix B: Summary of Educational Reform Reports

Online Appendix C: Classroom Observation Guidelines

Online Appendix D: Curricular Tension Points and Trends

Online Appendix E: Q and A Guide to Entering the Teaching Profession
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