ERIC Number: ED491264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Myths and Misconceptions about Teaching: What Really Happens in the Classroom
Rowman & Littlefield Education
In this book the author describes six teaching myths that prevent reform in education. These myths impact all students, but have a detrimental effect on low-performing students-those with disabilities or risk factors. Based on her perspective as a longtime classroom teacher and teacher educator, Dr. Snider examines the beliefs that guide teaching practices. She uses current research on teaching reading to illustrate the faulty premises that underlie the myths and their harmful effects on children and adolescents. The six myths: (1) Process; (2) Fun; (3) Eclectic instruction; (4) Good teacher; (5) Learning style; and (6) Disability. Taken together, these myths expose an approach to teaching that is highly contextual and idiosyncratic leaving little room for the inherent absolutes in school reform efforts. The book features: (1) A description of the faulty premises that underlie each myth and the harm that is done as a result; (2) A description of the historical, sociological, and philosophical forces that reinforce these myths; and (3) A comparison of the field of education to medicine in an attempt to explain why there is so much reluctance to embrace a science of teaching. This book should be of interest to teachers, professors, parents, school board members, and graduate students.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Cognitive Style, Educational Change, Teacher Competencies, Disabilities, High Risk Students, Reading Instruction
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