With a bright and engaging writing style that enlists the voices from experts as well as novices, Becoming a Teacher explores what it means to be a professional teacher in today’s climate of accountability, high-stakes testing, and changing legislation.
The fully revised 9th edition embraces and articulates the changing field of education, outlining ways to be an agent of change in the profession, pinpointing meaningful uses of technology in education, clarifying realities of diversity in the classroom, and clearly outlining past, present, and future thoughts on curriculum, instruction, management, philosophy, and issues in education. This down-to-earth and straightforward approach provides students with the tools and information necessary to answer the questions, “What does it take to become a high quality teacher?” and “Do I want to teach?” Along the way, the author provides practical perspectives for meeting the challenges of teaching. Organized into four parts, the book addresses both functional and foundational topics to give readers a well-rounded view of the teaching profession.
Part 1: The Teaching Profession
1. Teaching: Your Chosen Profession
2. Today’s Teachers
3. Today’s Schools
Part 2: Foundations of Teaching
4. Philosophical Foundations of U.S. Education
5. Historical Foundations of U.S. Education
6. Governance and Finance of U.S. Schools
7. Ethical and Legal Issues in U.S. Education
Part 3: The Art of Teaching
8. Today’s Students
9. Addressing Learners’ Individual Needs
10. Creating A Community of Learners
11. Curriculum Standards, Assessment, and Student Learning
12. Integrating Technology into Teaching
Part 4: Your Teaching Future
13. Becoming a Professional Teacher
Forrest W. Parkay is Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Washington State University. He was Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida for eight years and at Texas State University for five years. Forrest received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English education from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He earned his Ph.D. in education at the University of Chicago, and he is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program (MDP). For eight years, Forrest taught at Du Sable High School on Chicago’s South Side, and he served as Chairman of Du Sable’s English Department for four years.