Teachers, Schools, and Society
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Teachers, Schools, and Society, 9/e

David M. Sadker, Univ of Arizona and Professor Emeritus, Amer Univ
Karen R. Zittleman, Ph.D., American University

ISBN: 0073378755
Copyright year: 2010

What's New

Updates on contemporary issues. Teachers, Schools, and Society has been revised to incorporate recent educational issues, ranging from the President Obama’s priorities to the growing number of charter schools, from research on poverty to obesity and eating disorders. With discussions of standards, high stakes testing, the economic challenges of financing schools, the commercialization of childhood, cyber-bullying, and “green” schools, the Sadker and Zittleman text is the most up-to-date book in the market. Detailed chapter updates are listed in the Preface, but here are just a few of the significant changes:

Chapter 1. Becoming a Teacher. New section on A Teaching Career—Is It Right for You?

Chapter 2. Different Ways of Learning. New material on a teacher’s experience with single-sex schools. New section on Gardner’s Five Minds. New material on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Chapter 3. Teaching Your Diverse Students. An updated section on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students (GLBT). New research material on Peggy McIntosh’s white privileges.

Chapter 4. Student Life in School and at Home (previously Chapter 5). Updated material on Family Patterns. An entirely new section on Obesity and Eating Disorders. New material and updated research on the culture of poverty and its impact on incoming college students. Revised coverage of abstinence-only sex education programs to include the Obama administration’s position.

Chapter 5. Reforming America’s Schools (previously Chapter 4). The chapter has been significantly revised, updated, and rewritten to incorporate current issues on reform. New topics such as green schools and full service schools are included. Why are the opinions of teachers and students, the crux of the teaching-learning process, so often ignored in school reform?

Chapter 6. Curriculum, Standards, and Testing. Updated research on and changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implementation and legislation, including the Obama administration’s newly proposed requirements.

Chapter 7. The History of American Education. In response to user feedback, this chapter has been streamlined, with some of the Hall of Fame profiles moving to this Online Learning Center. New research on literacy rates in the United States and abroad has been added as well as a discussion on the 2007 controversial Supreme Court ruling that struck down plans for desegregation in Seattle and Louisville.

Chapter 8. Philosophy of Education. New material expanding the discussion of essentialism, including insights from Alan Bloom and E. D. Hirsch.

Chapter 9. Financing and Governing America’s Schools. This chapter has been revised and rewritten to include current thinking and research on the financing of America’s schools, including the goal of adequate education. The Obama administration’s budgeted 150-billion-dollar influx of federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is described.

Chapter 10. School Law and Ethics. In response to requests from users of the text, we’ve added a list of precautions teachers can take to avoid liability in the classroom. In this revision, we outline ways teachers can protect themselves if they engage in social networking and e-communications with their students.

Chapter 11. Teacher Effectiveness. In this edition, we expanded the section on classroom management through both discussion and a new table outlining a range of belief systems, their main focus, and their advocates. We also discuss consequences for classroom behavior and how to prevent problems. Updated material on technology throughout the chapter looks at how technology can be effectively used in the classroom, and provides insight into how teaching is affected. A new, expanded section on differentiated instruction has been added.

Chapter 12. Your First Classroom. In this chapter, we added a new section, Your First Day, which helps students prepare for their first day in the classroom. Another new section has been added to this chapter. In it we discuss Tomorrow’s Classroom and look at changes that may reshape America’s schools.

Chapter 13. Q and A Guide to Entering the Teaching Profession. In the ninth edition, we added discussions of Quaker education and Friends schools, Waldorf Education, and Montessori Education.

Appendix 3 INTASC Standards for Licensing Beginning Teachers and Teachers, Schools, and Society, 9th.
In Appendix 3 , we provided a chart connecting the content of the book to INTASC standards and the correlated RAP s.

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