The Act of Teaching

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Designed for the general methods course, this renowned text provides the broadest content coverage related to understanding oneself as a teacher. It provides understanding of one's students and how they learn, and understanding of what is known about the act of teaching. This book contains the most up-to-date knowledge base about the teaching profession. In its second edition, The Act of Teaching continues to provide students with the explicit, step-by-step guidance needed to get them up-and-running as practitioners of the most commonly used teaching strategies: presentation, discussion, independent study, cooperative learning, discovery learning, direct instruction, and individualized instruction. In addition, it provides thorough and up-to-date coverage of such major topics as instructional planning, maintaining time-on-task, monitoring, questioning, assuring clarity, classroom management and assessment, and providing reinforcement and corrective feedback.

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Donald Cruickshank received his degrees from the State University College at Buffalo, NY, and University of Rochester. After stints as a teacher, coach, supervisor, and principal in the Rochester schools, as he began a college teaching and administrative career that took him to SUNY Brockport, the University of Tennessee, Wheelock College, and The Ohio State University. The author of over 100 chapters, articles, and encyclopedia entries, this is his eighth book. He is best known for his pioneering efforts in developing simulations and reflective teaching.

Kim Metcalf is director of the Teacher Education Laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington, and associate professor of curriculum and instruction. He was awarded his M.A. and PH.D. in teacher education and educational research and evaluation from The Ohio State University. Dr. Metcalf is a former music teacher who worked with students in grades K to 12, primarily in instrumental music. His major responsibilities now focus on designing, providing, and evaluating preservice teacher education. He is coauthor of the chapter "Training within Teacher Preparation" in the Handbook of Research on the Teacher Education, and is contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Education.

Deborah Bainer is associate professor of education at The Ohio State University, Mansfield campus, where she coordinates the teacher preparation programs. She received her B.S. in biology from Geneva College and her M.S. in environmental education and Ph.D. in Teacher Education from The Ohio State University. She taught middle school and high school science in the U.S. and in Asia, and formerly chaired the education department at Biola University. Currently her teaching responsibilities involve general pedagogy, supervision, and science and social studies methods. Dr. Bainer has authored numerous articles and book chapters reflecting her research in teacher professional development through partnerships, teacher reflectivity, and effective multicultural instruction.

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