Higher Education

Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education, 2nd Edition

  • David Jerner Martin Kennesaw State University
  • Kimberly S. Loomis Kennesaw State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133943012  |  ISBN-13: 9781133943013
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.75
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About

Overview

Designed from the ground up with a constructivist framework, BUILDING TEACHERS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH TO INTRODUCING EDUCATION, 2nd Edition helps future teachers create their own understanding of education. As Martin and Loomis address the key topics generally covered in an introductory text, they encourage students to develop their own understandings by connecting their prior knowledge, experiences, and biases with new experiences to which they will be exposed during the course. Highlights of the new edition include stronger standards integration and expanded material on diversity and technology. By interacting with the materials presented, rather than merely memorizing the text's content, readers learn what teaching is all about in an exploratory, inquiring, constructivist-based manner. In turn, they can help the children in their classrooms learn meaningfully. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • A unique "To The Student" introductory section eases readers into the book's methodology and helps them understand the functions of its various features.
  • Exploratory "Building Block" features help students begin to construct their conceptualizations of the topic under discussion. These features (several in every chapter) encourage students to access their prior knowledge of the topic. Then, they set the stage for personal inquiries and enable students to explain and validate the conclusions and constructions they have formed. As a result, students internalize their knowledge and gain more confidence in their understanding of the topic.
  • "From the Field" boxes feature the first-person testimony of practicing teachers from across the United States, many of whom are recent state teacher-of-the-year award winners. As students read these features, they gain insight into real-life challenges and experiences in today's classroom setting.
  • "Your Portfolio" at the end of each chapter contains activities and assignments that can be used as the basis for portfolio artifacts. Examples include activities that may be completed in the field and suggestions for reflective writing.
  • Chapter-ending "Deconstructing the Standards" features help students analyze ways in which the material they investigated has helped them meet the InTASC standards for general teaching performance, offering additional opportunities to assess their progress toward becoming highly skilled teachers.
  • "Technology & Education" features describe specific kinds of technology that are used in education, along with their applications to teaching and learning. They also include suggestions or exercises that students can do to gain familiarity with that technology.
  • Additional key features include biographies of effective teachers, historical figures, and others prominent in education; new marginal definitions of key terms; new web search interactive features; and references to print and online material.

Table of Contents

To The Student
Part I: SELF.
1. Teaching Excellence and You.
2. Your Philosophy of Education.
Part II: STUDENT.
3. The Student: Common Needs.
4. The Student and the Teacher: Acknowledging Unique Perspectives.
5. The Student and the Teacher: Acknowledging Unique Abilities.
Part III: SCHOOL.
6. Purposes of Schools.
7. Structure of Schools.
8. The School and the Student: Expectations and Responsibilities.
9. The School and the Teacher: Expectations and Responsibilities.
Part IV: SOCIETY.
10. Historical Perspectives.
11. School Governance and Finance.
12. Social Issues and the School's Response.
13. Teachers, Students, and the Law.
14. Curriculum, Standards and Accountability.
Part V: BUILDING A TEACHER.
15. Your Motives for Teaching.

What's New

  • Strengthened diversity coverage throughout the text includes topics such as urban education, students with special needs, anti-bias curriculum, culturally responsive teaching, and social issues. Coverage takes an "asset-based approach" rather than a deficit-based approach to diversity, giving students the opportunity to reflect on their own biases and assumptions about people who are different from them.
  • Integrated coverage of key standards helps students make connections between what they are learning in the text and the key professional standards. New listings of relevant InTASC standards are correlated to chapter-opening Learning Objectives, and a new end-of-chapter Deconstructing the Standards feature helps students relate content to their own state standards. An InTASC Standards Correlation Chart on the book's inside cover highlights standards-related content in an at-a-glance format.
  • Cutting-edge coverage of technology and the ways to integrate its use into instruction and management is presented in "Technology & Education" boxes and integrated throughout the text. Coverage includes the positive ways to use technology, the challenges and the appropriate uses of technology, and information on cyber-bullying, social media, blogging, assistive technoloyg, and other topics.
  • A NEW "Controversies in Education" feature in each chapter brings to light a possible misconception about teaching and/or highlights a controversial issue in the field. Built around the constructivist approach of the text, these features do not give the "answer," but require students to engage with the material and use inquiry to get at the truth. They conclude with a set of Reflection Questions.
  • A NEW "TeachSource Videos" feature provides students with short clips of teaching in real classrooms, connecting the content of the chapters to real-world teaching experiences. Each feature is accompanied by reflection questions to be used for in-class discussion or for homework assignments.
  • NEW! Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate (the book's website) brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Education CourseMate includes access to an integrated eBook, and learning tools including flashcards and tutorial quizzes. It also offers the TeachSource Videos, reflection questions that reinforce the student's learning experience, and a Field Observation Companion Guide.
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"[This book] aligns with my own naturally constructivist teaching style and fits my style well! It's a good text to use in a class that blends a basic intro to education course and a course in ed psych foundations."

— Elizabeth Dorman, Regis University

"[This is] an interactive textbook using a constructivist approach; the book lends itself to group activities, discussion, and further research."

— Beth Marks, Kennesaw State University

"This text provides students with an approach which allows them to uncover whether the teaching profession is for them. The readings are engaging and easy to comprehend."

— Linda Harvest, Essex County College

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285083008 | ISBN-13: 9781285083001)

The online Instructor’s Manual contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including learning objectives, chapter outlines, teaching and learning activities, and additional resources. For assessment support, the Test Bank includes multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1285082990 | ISBN-13: 9781285082998)

Available for download from the instructor website, ExamView® testing software includes all the test items from the Test Bank in electronic format, enabling you to create customized tests in print or online.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285083016 | ISBN-13: 9781285083018)

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285083377 | ISBN-13: 9781285083377)

Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, TeachSource Videos, and more, and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. Created specifically for use with BUILDING TEACHERS, a downloadable Field Experience Companion is an activities workbook designed for use in courses with a required field component. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as electronic versions of the instructor's manual, test bank files, and PowerPoint® slides.

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Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook; learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and TeachSource Videos; and a downloadable Field Experience Companion, an activities workbook created specifically for use with the text and designed for use in courses with a required field component. Access Education CourseMate at CengageBrain.com.

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WebTutor™ for Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285083210 | ISBN-13: 9781285083216)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within your Course Management System. Whether you want to Web-enable your class or put an entire course online, WebTutor™ delivers. WebTutor™ offers a wide array of resources including access to the eBook, quizzes, videos, web links, exercises, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Jerner Martin

David Jerner Martin (Ph.D.) is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. A gifted teacher and an outspoken advocate of constructivist-based teaching, he is best known as the author of the pioneering text, ELEMENTARY SCIENCE METHODS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH, now in its Sixth Edition. Dr. Martin has consulted on constructivist teaching at home and abroad, and was technical consultant with The Weather Channel for The Weather Classroom. He has received several university awards for distinguished teaching and publications.

Kimberly S. Loomis

Kimberly S. Loomis (Ed.D.) is Professor of Science Education at Kennesaw State University where she teaches the introduction to education course as well as educational psychology and science methods courses. Currently, her work is focused on using inquiry teaching in the field of wolf education and in exploring the effective use of informal science education centers and national parks by science learners and teachers.