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As the bestseller in the introductory education market, Those Who Can, Teach is a current, dynamic, reader-friendly text that helps students make informed decisions about entering teacher education programs.
The text uses multiple sources to provide high interactivity, while the authors' direct, conversational voice invites students to reflect on the problems and satisfactions of teaching. The Ninth Edition delves deeply into national, state, and local educational policies to familiarize teachers with the impact that policy will have on their everyday lives in classrooms.
"The text focuses on motivation for teaching and what the teaching life will entail—students, curriculum, financing, ethics, governance, etc. . . . It is very readable and focuses on the current state of education today. It also has a central theme of why students might be choosing to teach which is very appropriate for our first year students."Melanie Felton, College of Saint Mary
"I taught the course for the first time this year and found the textbook invaluable! It is very appropriate for the level of students in my course. "Patricia Blaine, Western Kentucky Community and Technical College
James M. Cooper is Professor Emeritus in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he also served as Dean from 1984 to 1994. He received four degrees from Stanford University—two in history and two in education, including his Ph.D. in 1967. He taught junior and senior high school social studies for four years in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Cooper has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous publications, including THOSE WHO CAN, TEACH, and KALEIDOSCOPE: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSIC READINGS IN EDUCATION, both in their thirteenth editions (2012, Cengage); and, with Kevin Ryan, TEACHING FOR STUDENT LEARNING, in its second edition (2012, Cengage). He is also series editor of the Educator's Guide series (Cengage). His books and articles address the areas of teacher education, supervision of teachers, case studies in teacher education, and technology and teacher education. He was recognized as one of the nation's 70 Leaders in Teacher Education in 1990 by the Association of Teacher Educators, and as the Outstanding Professor in the Curry School of Education for 2001. He has been listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION since 1990.
Let's Get Started. Part I: SCHOOL AND STUDENTS. 1. Why Teach? 2. What Is a School and What Is It For? 3. Who Are Today's Students in a Diverse Society? 4. What Social Problems Affect Today's Students? 5. What Is Taught? Part II: TEACHERS. 6. What Makes a Teacher Effective? 7. What Should Teachers Know About Technology and Its Impact on Schools? 8. What Are the Ethical and Legal Issues Facing Teachers? Part III: FOUNDATIONS AND THE FUTURE. 9. What Are the Philosophical Foundations of American Education? 10. What Is the History of America's Struggle for Educational Opportunity? 11. How Are Schools Governed, Influenced, and Financed? 12. How Should Education Be Reformed? Part IV: THE TEACHING PROFESSION. 13. What Are Your Job Options in Education? 14. What Can the New Teacher Expect? 15. What Does It Mean to Be a Professional? Before You Close the Book . . .