Careers in education by Roy A Edelfelt; Alan Reiman

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Learning develops over time. It is seldom all or nothing. Usually it is a matter of degree. How adequately a student learns knowledge and skills in school depends on many factors, among them how well teachers diagnose motivation, ability, and attitude and how effectively they translate their diagnosis into effective teaching. Context also is a major influence on achievement in both teaching and learning. Context is the social and psychological climate of the school, the teaching resources available, the way in which time is used, the quality of management, the physical environment, the lifestyle of the student body, the school setting, and the quality of school life.

Special-area teachers in such fields as computer science, foreign languages, health, home economics, and industrial arts join with those in art, music, and physical education to provide a broader program of studies in many middle and junior high schools. In some schools, though, the arts are receiving less emphasis; indeed, in places they are almost nonexistent. School counselors, school psychologists, assistant principals, attendance 29 Teaching in K–12 Schools 30 CAREERS IN EDUCATION officers, and coaches fill out the instructional staff in many middle and junior high schools.

Support for Professional Development and Graduate Study Teachers participate in professional development (such as conferences and institutes) and graduate study. They also attend workshops sponsored by their school districts during the school year. A significant percentage of the nation’s school districts provide reimbursement for part or all of such activity. Almost 60 percent of all teachers in 1999–2000 participated in professional development in the content of their main teaching field, and more than 70 percent participated in activities directed at the use of computers for instruction.

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