Building Teachers A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education

ISBN-10: 0534608493

ISBN-13: 9780534608491

Edition: 7th 2007

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Designed from the ground up with a constructivist framework, BUILDING TEACHERS helps future teachers create their own understanding of education. As Martin and Loomis address the key topics generally covered in an introductory text, they encourage students to develop their own understandings through connecting their prior knowledge, experiences, and biases with new experiences to which they will be exposed during the course. By interacting with the materials presented, rather than merely memorizing the text's content, readers learn what teaching is all about in an exploratory, inquiring, constructivist-based manner and, in turn, they can help the children in their classrooms learn meaningfully.
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Book details

List price: $256.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

David Jerner Martin (Ph.D.) is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. A gifted teacher and an outspoken advocate of constructivist-based teaching, he is best known as the author of the pioneering text, ELEMENTARY SCIENCE METHODS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH, now in its Sixth Edition. Dr. Martin has consulted on constructivist teaching at home and abroad, and was technical consultant with The Weather Channel for The Weather Classroom. He has received several university awards for distinguished teaching and publications.

Preface
Reviewers
Building a Foundation for This Book
What Is in a Textbook?
Traditional Textbooks
This Textbook
An Example-Building a Table
Comparing Methods of Learning
This Book Is a Little Like Building a Table
Using Building Blocks
This Is Constructivism
Other Features
Conclusion
Self
Teaching Excellence and You
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: Your Beliefs
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: Views from Other Perspectives
Components of Effective Teaching
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: Views from Teachers
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: The Media
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: The Experts
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: The Research
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: Psychologists
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: The Federal Government
Characteristics of Excellent Teachers and Effective Teaching: Professional Standards
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
Putting It All Together
Conclusion
Your Philosophy of Education
The Nature of Educational Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
Branches of Philosophy
Educational Philosophy
Your Personal Beliefs about Education
Schools of Philosophic Thought
A Continuum of Schools of Philosophic Thought
School Philosophy and Mission Statements
Philosophic Perspectives of Non-Eurocentric Cultures
Theories of Educational Psychology
Your Philosophy of Education
Metaphors
Conclusion
Student
The Student: Common Needs
What Do Students Need?
Basic Needs
Basic Needs: Putting It All Together
Cognitive Needs
Psychosocial Needs
General Academic Needs
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Instruction that Addresses Student Needs
General Academic Needs
Conclusion
The Student and the Teacher: Acknowledging Unique Perspectives
The Nature of Diversity
Students' Unique Perspectives and Characteristics
Cultural Diversity
English Language Learners
Religion
Socioeconomic Status
Gender
Sexual Orientation
Putting It All Together
Conclusion
The Student and the Teacher: Acknowledging Unique Abilities
Exceptional Children and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Learning Disabilities
Cognitive Abilities
Multiple Intelligences
Learning Styles
Locus of Control
A Final Word about Unique Perspectives and Abilities
Constructivism
Conclusion
School
Purposes of Schools
Common Purposes of Schools
Purposes of Schools as Seen by Government Agencies and Noteworthy Individuals
Purpose of Schools as Seen in Mission Statements
Factors Influencing Schools' Purposes
Influence of Grade Level on School Purposes
Influence of School Location on Its Purpose
Nontraditional Schools
Your Hypothetical School
Conclusion
Structure of Schools
What Is a School?
Needs of Schools
Physical Facilities
Personnel
Scheduling
Putting It All Together
Conclusion
The School and the Student
Student Life in the School
Safety in School
School Responses to Safety Issues
The Teacher's Role
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Conclusion
The School and the Teacher
The School's Expectations of the Teacher
The Teacher's Expectations of the School
Conclusion
Society
Historical Perspectives
Basic Educational History Considerations
American Education in the Colonial Period
American Education in the Young Nation Period
American Education in the Progressive Nation Period
American Education in the Postwar Period
American Education in the Modern Period
Education of Minorities
Conclusion
School Governance and Finance
The Stakeholders in American Education
Governance
Financing Education
Issues in School Governance and Finance
Conclusion
Social Issues and the School's Response
Social Issues
Social Issues That Affect Emotional Well-Being
Social Issues That Affect Physical Well-Being
Social Issues That Affect the Community
Conclusion
Teachers, Students, and the Law
Laws Affecting Teachers, Students, and Schools
Sources of Laws and Regulations Impacting Schools
Teachers and the Law
Students and the Law
Conclusion
Curriculum and School Reform
What Is Educational Reform?
Curricular and Instructional Reform
Assessment Reform
Teacher Education Reform
School Structure
Governance and Finance Reform
Conclusion
Building A Teacher
Your Motives for Teaching
Identifying Your Reasons for Teaching
Teaching as a Profession
Your Chosen Profession
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary
References
Index
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