Teaching in America, Third Edition, was written to meet preservice teachers need for an active learning book that presents current ideas about teaching in America along with the underpinning foundations of education. The Third Edition, maintains its unique and engaging "working-text" style that provides preservice teachers' with an active learning experience while establishing the foundations of education and incorporating a contemporary picture of teaching in America today. Readers reflect and respond directly within the book to issues raised in the chapters, thereby actively constructing knowledge and ideas about teaching. This approach enables future teachers to make the transition from thinking about being a teacher to identifying with the profession as an active, confident participant. Teaching in America builds in the reader a firm knowledge of education as an institution and as a career, a knowledge of teaching competencies, and a knowledge of issues in education.