The Act of Teaching prepares students to be competent beginning teachers and to develop into competent experienced teachers. Research-based, the text emphasizes what teachers need to know about students (how they learn and their diversities); how to plan and provide instruction; how to assess, manage and motivate students; and how, overall, to be an effective teacher. Well-designed pedagogical features prompt students to reflect on what they are learning, highlight current issues and topics, and encourage students to apply what they are learning.
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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 assessment for Monroe County Schools in Indiana. Formerly he was 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 professor of curriculum and instruction at thee State University of West Georgia and director of the doctoral program in school improvement there. She received her BS in biology from Geneva College and her MS in environmental education and PhD in teacher education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jenkins taught middle school and high school science in the US and in Asia and formerly was a faculty member at Biola University and at The Ohio State University. Currently, her teaching focuses on school improvement and reform. Dr. Jenkins has worked extensively with school-based partnership programs aimed at enhancing science instruction. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on her research on teachers' professional development, partnerships, and school improvement. She was awarded the distinguished teaching and scholarship awards from The Ohio State University and has received community service awards for her work with teachers.
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