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Cases for Teacher Development
Preparing for the Classroom

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March 2005 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Check out the author's Casebook Guide to accompany Cases for Teacher Development. Go to
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"The cases in this book identify major tension points which educators face. The reflective case commentaries, from numerous and varied experts in the field, provide real-life experiences for teacher candidates that they will doubtless encounter in their professional journeys.
Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is a wonderful supplement for any introductory course in an education program."
—Carol Wareing, Merrimack College

"The greatest strength of the book is inclusion of realistic voices from the field—the cases are written by real teachers who have encountered actual issues in their daily practices. These cases would be a valuable addition to my course."
—Andrew C. Kemp, University of Louisville

"This is a very well-written book that could be useful in a variety of settings. The cases presented will work in a number of situations and be appropriate for a number of different classes, such as preservice, student teaching, leadership, mentoring, etc. The timely topics presented make this a distinctive contribution to the literature." 
—Allan Cook, University of Illinois, Springfield

"The strength of the case study approach is allowing students to encounter dilemmas in teaching prior to entering the field. This would be a great book for use with a class of undergraduates."
—Delores D. Liston, Georgia Southern University

"I really enjoyed reading Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom. The book is distinctive and superior in that the cases depict situations most teachers encounter."
—Georgianna Short, Ohio State University

With the recent and increasing attention to accountability and standards, teacher preparation programs are more than ever in need of tools that vicariously acquaint future teachers with the difficult situations they will face. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is the perfect catalyst for this sort of teacher development. The cases encourage students to immerse themselves in classroom situations before they begin their practice, helping them link theory and experience. All of the cases present relevant situations that replicate the complicated, multitasked, and interrelated realms of the teacher.

Key Features

• Represents a variety of teacher stages, from preservice to retirement
• Addresses many interrelated and complicated issues in teaching, moving between students, curriculum, and subject knowledge
• Includes questions that focus directly on the case at hand, as well as case commentaries from renowned experts that broaden the work's scope and suggest new ways to think, act, and improve performance in the classroom
• Provides diverse pedagogical sections that clearly involve the reader in issues pertinent to the classroom

After careful consideration and discussion of the cases and case commentaries, beginning teachers will be better equipped to recognize classroom incidents and student behaviors, along with their likely ramifications. Any introduction to teaching course will benefit from Cases for Teacher Development, and both beginning and experienced teachers will find this an essential reference for reflection and refinement of classroom skills.


 
Acknowledgements
Patricia F. Goldblatt and Deirdre Smith
Introduction: Using Cases to Understand What it Means to be a Teacher
Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Judith Lessow-Hurley, Poonam C. Dev, Harold Brathwaite
Chapter 1: Dealing with Religious Intolerance
Ellen Moir, Barbara B. Levin, Jerry Rosiek & Becky M. Atkinson, Kristopher Wells, Paul Axelrod
Chapter 2: Is the Teacher's Gender an Issue in a Kindergarten Classroom?
Peter McLaren & Nathalia Jamarillo, Deborah J. Trumbull, David E. Wilson & Joy S. Ritchie, David Booth, Janna Dresden
Chapter 3: Working with a Disruptive Child and His Family
Rita Silverman, Cheryl J. Craig, Ron Wideman
Rita Silverman, Cheryl J. Craig, Ron Wideman
Chapter 4: Negotiating Different Styles When Two Teachers Share a Class
Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Nancy L. Hutchinson and Anne Jordan
Chapter 5: Managing Conflict When Working with Educational Partners
Tom Russell, William J. Hunter, Janet L. Miller and D. Jean Clandinin
Chapter 6: A Student Teacher Faces the Challenges of the Classroom
Robert E. Stake, Stefinee Pinnegar, Andrea K. Whittaker
Chapter 7: Engaging in Action Research in the Classroom
Elizabeth Campbell, Iain Munro, Frances Squire and Jay Martin
Chapter 8: Evaluating a Teacher's Classroom Management Strategy
Anna Ershler Richert, Lynn M. Cavazos, Tania Madfes and Linda F. Rhone
Chapter 9: Balancing the Needs of All Students in an Inclusive Classroom
Jean McNiff, Aria Razfar, Michael Manley-Casimir, and James McCracken
Chapter 10: Implications of Student Cheating for the Teaching Community
Patrick M. Jenlink, Margaret Olson, and A.G. Rud
Chapter 11: Challenges Teachers Face When Reentering the Classroom
John Loughran, Ardra L. Cole, Allen T. Pearson and Janine Remillard
Chapter 12: Developing Appropriate Boundaries with a Troubled Student
Michael Dale, Elizabeth Jordan, Fred MacDonald, Ron McNamara
Chapter 13: School Politics Divide a Community
 
Contributor Biographies
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"The greatest strength of the book is inclusion of realistic voices from the field—the cases are written by real teachers who have encountered actual issues in their daily practices. These cases would be a valuable addition to my course."

Andrew C. Kemp
University of Louisville

"The strength of the case study approach is allowing students to encounter dilemmas in teaching prior to entering the field. This would be a great book for use with a class of undergraduates."

Delores D. Liston
Georgia Southern University

"This is a very well-written book that could be useful in a variety of settings. The cases presented will work in a number of situations and be appropriate for a number of different classes, such as preservice, student teaching, leadership, mentoring, etc. The timely topics presented make this a distinctive contribution to the literature."

Allan Cook
University of Illinois, Springfield

"The cases in this book identify major tension points which educators face. The reflective case commentaries, from numerous and varied experts in the field, provide real-life experiences for teacher candidates that they will doubtless encounter in their professional journeys. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is a wonderful supplement for any introductory course in an education program."

Carol Wareing
Merrimack College

"I really enjoyed reading it. The book is distinctive and superior in that the cases depict situations most teachers encounter."

Georgianna Short
Ohio State University

"This book offers educators a variety of case studies and the opportunity to meditate and reflect on past educational experiences."

Jamie Whitman-Smithe
Wesley College

“Many good things can be said about this work as a contribution to teaching and teacher education: the range, richness and authenticity of the stories, the implicit Canadian flavour and the universal appeal. The stories are accompanied by sensible, critical commentaries by practitioners and researchers, the latter well known in the Canadian and international research community (Clandinin, Booth, Cole, Manley-Casimir, Russell, Axelrod, and many others). These commentaries open up multiple perspectives, uncover silenced assumptions and suggest generalizations and principles. But they do not prescribe, thus inviting many other points of view and experiences and reflection... The narratives are dynamic and engaging and the commentaries contest assumptions but do not provide definitive answers. The stories span the life of the teaching profession and are of great value for their authenticity. They provide opportunities for reflection and professional development.”

Alice Collins
Dean, Faculty of Education of Memorial University of Newfoundland, President of the Canadian Association of Deans of Education

“This volume is the perfect resource for teacher candidates to use as they prepare for their careers. Each of the 13 case studies is followed by case commentaries from three to five experts. Their comments focus on five elementary-level cases, two middle-level cases, five secondary-level cases, and one case appropriate for all levels... These cases, and the others, depict situations that many teachers will experience. The power of the book is that the cases involve students in classroom situations that should help them link theory with experience. Summing up:  Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduate through professional collections.”

CHOICE

"Many good things can be said about this work as a contribution to teaching and teacher education: the range, richness and authenticity of the stories, the implicit Canadian flavour and the unviersal appeal... The narrators and commentators contributions were made independently and therein lies the great value of the work...They provide opportunities for reflection and professional development."

Professionally Speaking

Not applicable for courses in my educational leadership program.

Dr Sharon López
Leadership and Professional Studies, Florida Intl Univ-Miami
June 9, 2014
Key features
  • Cases for Teacher Development may be used in many ways: in classes, in discussion groups, as practicum, and as self-study.  The goals of the text are to provide a path for your exploration as an educator and to facilitate your growth in the teaching profession.
  • Promotes thoughtful, penetrating conversations and insights among teachers who are ready to pause, reflect, and critically consider the complex educational issues that exist in all classrooms.
  • The cases in the book reflect the experiences that teachers encounter in all stages of their careers.
  • Addresses the complex question, what does it mean to be a teacher
  • Much like a narrative but more than just an interesting anecdote, these cases are real-life stories that draw on teachers' unique problems in practice. Readers vicariously experience with each case writer the complexity of a unique educational environment. 
  • Contains case commentaries written by a diverse group of educational experts familiar with the issues embedded within the cases.  Their reflections and insights suggest alternative perspectives that may foster the reader's exploration of issues in practice.
  • Organized around a variety of pedagogical features that were designed to help you engage effectively with the cases and to facilitate your understanding of the educational issues raised by the cases and the commentaries. 
  • Contains a matrix, or chart of cases, that identifies the educational level, chapter focus, and the primary and secondary issues of the case. 
  • Includes Connecting Questions that bring forth the common themes woven throughout several chapters.  They provide an opportunity to question and explore the connections between the unique situations presented in the cases.

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