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Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice

Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice

Linda Darling-Hammond (Editor), Gary Sykes (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-94341-7 June 1999 Jossey-Bass 464 Pages

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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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Part One: Rethinking Teacher Education

1. Developing Practice, Developing Practitioners: Toward a Practice-Based Theory of Professional Education
Deborah Loewenberg Ball and David K. Cohen

2. Aligning Teacher Education with Contemporary K-12 Reform Visions
Magdalene Lampert and Deborah Loewenberg Ball

3. The Role of Preservice Teacher Education
Mary M. Kennedy

4. Preparing Teachers for Diversity: Historical Perspectives, Current TrAnds, and Future Directions
Gloria Ladson-Billings

Part Two: Rethinking Teacher Professional Development

5. The Essentials of Effective Professional Development: A New Consensus
Willis D. Hawley and Linda Valli

6. Teacher and Student Learning: Strengthening Their Connection
Gary Sykes

Part Three: Rethinking Organizations for Teacher Learning

7. Teacher Recruitment, Selection, and Induction: Policy Influences on the Supply and Quality of Teachers
Linda Darling-Hammond, Barnett T. Berry, David Haselkorn, and Elizabeth Fideler

8. Organizing Schools for Teacher Learning
Judith Warren Little

9. Investing in Teacher Learning: Staff Development and Instructional Improvement
Richard F. Elmore and Deanna Burney

10. Networks and Reform in American Education
Ann Lieberman and Maureen Grolnick

Part Four: Rethinking Policy for Teacher Learning

11. Organizing the Other Half of Teaching
Julia E. Koppich and Charles Taylor Kerchner

12. The Frame and the Tapestry: Standards-Based Reform and Professional Development
Charles L. Thompson and John S. Zeuli

13. Investing in Teaching as a Learning Profession: Policy Problems and Prospects
Linda Darling-Hammond and Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin

"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