Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice / Edition 1

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"No education topic is more important than how to raise the quality of teaching in America's schools. This book eloquently makes the case for reshaping teacher preparation and professional development to enhance student learning."
Bob Chase, president, National Education Association

Leading educational thinkers and researchers deliver an in-depth overview of the issues and challenges facing the teaching profession today. This book is the first in over a decade to synthesize the most important research in the fields of teaching and teacher education. This research is also the basis for recommAndations found in What Matters Most, a landmark report from the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. The authors explore promising approaches to both policy and practice in teacher learning. They also provide the substance behind policy recommAndations, examining the implications of school reforms for teaching, current knowledge about teacher preparation, and the kinds of learning opportunities teachers will need.

Teaching as the Learning Profession includes case studies of innovative approaches to school improvement, principles for better staff development, proposals for the reform of unions, and practical as well as conceptual advice on recruitment, licensing, redefining the teaching career, enhancing diversity, developing leadership, and expanding such innovations as networks and other sustained forms of teacher-to-teacher learning.

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Editorial Reviews

This book is based on the idea that the improvement of American education in general depends on improving the education and training of its teachers. Darling-Hammond (education, Stanford U.) and Sykes (educational administration, Michigan State U.) have added to this notion by arguing that highly qualified teachers ought to continue to enhance their professional throughout their careers. The majority of the chapters in this book were papers solicited as background analyses for the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 1994- 1996. The papers include topics such as preparing teachers for diversity; strengthening the connections between teacher and student learning; teacher recruitment, selection, and induction; and staff development and instructional improvement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This book teaches us that, if the improved learning we require for all students in a democracy is to be accomplished, both the policymakers and the professionals must take joint responsibility to craft a new alliance.... Readers of this book will discover that within its pages lies an impressive array of findings, analyses, interpretations, and proposals that can guide the needed efforts to design such settings. Teaching as the Learning Profession is far more than a superb book title. It is a mandate for the stakeholders in whose hands lies the future of America's teachers, and through them, the future of America's students." —from the foreword by Lee S. Shulman, president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"It's common knowledge—and common sense—that the quality of teaching strongly affects student achievement. Teaching as the Learning Profession rightly advocates enhancing instructional quality by providing teachers with meaningful professional learning opportunities that allow them to continually improve their practice and enable their students to excel." —Sandra Feldman, president, American Federation of Teachers

"No education topic is more important than how to raise the quality of teaching in America's schools. This book eloquently makes the case for reshaping teacher preparation and professional development to enhance student learning." —Bob Chase, president, National Education Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470390771
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/16/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 419

Meet the Author

LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.

GARY SYKES is professor of educational administration and teacher education at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching as the Learning Profession
The Editors
The Contributors
Pt. 1 Rethinking Teacher Education 1
1 Developing Practice, Developing Practitioners: Toward a Practice-Based Theory of Professional Education 3
2 Aligning Teacher Education with Contemporary K-12 Reform Visions 33
3 The Role of Preservice Teacher Education 54
4 Preparing Teachers for Diversity: Historical Perspectives, Current Trends, and Future Directions 86
Pt. 2 Rethinking Teacher Professional Development 125
5 The Essentials of Effective Professional Development: A New Consensus 127
6 Teacher and Student Learning: Strengthening Their Connection 151
Pt. 3 Rethinking Organizations for Teacher Learning 181
7 Teacher Recruitment, Selection, and Induction: Policy Influences on the Supply and Quality of Teachers 183
8 Organizing Schools for Teacher Learning 233
9 Investing in Teacher Learning: Staff Development and Instructional Improvement 263
10 Networks and Reform in American Education 292
Pt. 4 Rethinking Policy for Teacher Learning 313
11 Organizing the Other Half of Teaching 315
12 The Frame and the Tapestry: Standards-Based Reform and Professional Development 341
13 Investing in Teaching as a Learning Profession: Policy Problems and Prospects 376
Name Index 413
Subject Index 419
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