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Introduction to Teaching

Introduction to Teaching
Making a Difference in Student Learning

Fourth Edition
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January 2024 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Grounded in the realities and complexities of today’s schools, Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning, Fourth Edition is the ideal text for aspiring teachers. Acclaimed authors Gene E. Hall, Linda F. Quinn, and Donna M. Gollnick thoroughly prepare students to make a difference as teachers, presenting first-hand stories and evidence-based practices while offering a student-centered approach to learning. From true-to-life challenges that teachers will face—reduced funding, low retention, and changing standards—to the inspiration and joy they will discover throughout their teaching careers, this text paints a realistic picture of the real life of a teacher in a post-pandemic era.

Part I: Today’s Teachers, Students, and Schools
Chapter 1: Becoming a Teacher
Chapter 2: Today’s Students
Chapter 3: The Exceptionalities of Learners
Chapter 4: The Social Context of Schools
Chapter 5: Families and Communities
Part II: The Foundations of Education
Chapter 6: History of Schools in the United States
Chapter 7: Developing a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
Chapter 8: Organizing and Financing Schools for Learning
Chapter 9: The Law as It Relates to Teaching and Learning
Part III: Teaching for Student Learning
Chapter 10: Curriculum, Standards, and Benchmarks
Chapter 11: Managing the Classroom and Student Behavior
Chapter 12: Teaching Strategies
Chapter 13: Assessing Student Learning and Using the Results
Part IV: Becoming Tomorrow’s Highly Effective Teacher
Chapter 14: Succeeding in Your Teacher Education Program, and Beyond


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"A textbook that helps students understand the big picture of teaching, learning, and education."

Stephanie Malone
Shenandoah University

"This book covers the basic information for students to make decisions about becoming a teacher and adds information for students who have already decided. The text helps students in their certification testing."

John Chavez
University of Texas at San Antonio
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.
  • A new Contentious Issues feature introduces issues in teaching that defy easy resolution, such as School Resource Officers and legislative involvement in schools.
  • What are Your Concerns? questions close out each chapter, asking students to write about concerns related to each chapter's content. At the end of the book, the authors provide a research-based way to analyze those concerns.
  • Updated content with the latest research address pandemic-era shifts, such as learning impacts, classroom management, and technology in the classroom, as well as changing views of education, book bias, school safety, and increased emphasis on social and emotional learning.
  • New classroom and teacher videos provide students with a look at teaching today.
  • 14 New Teacher Interviews at the beginning of each chapter grant students a glimpse into the real lives of educators by posing questions to teachers and school leaders and relating their responses directly to the chapter content, addressing contemporary issues such as pandemic teaching, learning loss, and diversity in the classroom.
  • Recognizing and supporting student differences is a hallmark of this text, with data now reported separately for Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander students and teachers, as well as new information on providing safety and equal opportunities for LGBTQ+ students.
  • Revised tables, figures, and sources illustrate the most recent information about funding, court cases, and new federal and state statutes, as well as new approaches to curriculum and instruction.
  • Teachers’ Lounge stories offer students inspirational, joyful, or humorous stories from real teachers about issues raised in the chapter.
  • Challenging Assumptions boxes use scholarly research to help debunk many of the myths about teaching.
  • Understanding and Using Data boxes help readers examine a set of data, develop an interpretation, and offer a recommendation. Teachers in today’s schools are expected to be able to understand and use data. This feature is designed to help them learn more about ways to organize and interpret data.
  • Field Guide for Learning sections conclude each chapter and help students develop the knowledge and skills found in expert educators and provide suggestions for classroom observation activities, reflection questions to promote journaling, portfolio builders, and more.
  • Class Discussion Questions encourage critical thinking about the primary chapter concepts through discussion.
  • End-of-chapter pedagogical features include chapter summaries, discussion questions, self-assessments, field guides, tips for building a portfolio, and more.
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