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Teaching as Decision Making: Successful Practices for the Elementary Teacher

Teaching as Decision Making: Successful Practices for the Elementary Teacher
Author: Alane J. Starko - Georgea M. Sparks-Langer - Marvi
ISBN 13: 9780130286833
ISBN 10: 130286834
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2002-04-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 446
List Price: $138.40

This new general elementary methods book offers a balanced presentation of skills, inquiry, and social approaches to teaching, structured around the concept of instructing for understanding. The authors stress that the truly effective teacher not only has knowledge of teaching strategies but also understands the importance of asking and answering such questions as: What learner characteristics affect the success of this strategy? What contextual factors will influence its outcome? What philosophical/ethical stance does it represent?

This book includes coverage that reflects a “backward design” structure and consideration of student characteristics first; then, identification of complex tasks and assessment; and finally, daily instructional planning. It emphasizes authentic assessment and the importance of considering assessment when planning instruction.

For professionals in the field of teaching grades K-12.


This textbook explores lesson planning, classroom management, and models for teaching in the elementary school environment. The approach emphasizes reflective lesson design and constructivist practices. A sample intermediate-level unit on the Revolutionary War is provided. The third edition is rearranged and adds more material on individual student differences and cultural differences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)