Book Review

Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice


Reviewed by Joseph W. Rudnick,
Superintendent, Sunnyvale School District, Sunnyvale, Calif.

 

Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice, edited by Linda Darling-Hammond and Gary Sykes, is a practical collection of research information as well as a current review of the status and knowledge of teaching.

The handbook provides the best essays about the status of teaching, and the contributing writers are among the best thinkers in education today.

The handbook begins with discussions on reform taking place from beliefs about teaching and learning and continues with technology’s influence on teaching, the necessity of embracing diversity, the need to employ top-notch teachers, the benefits of various education networks and the change in teacher unionism.

The lifeblood of student learning and successful schools flows from the quality of the teacher. In no collection of writings is this more evident than that in Teaching as the Learning Profession. Emerging from this collection of works is the central message of the need to give teachers’ training and development center stage in any reform movement.

The handbook provides a framework for everyone, teacher to politician, to build education reform that provides high levels of learning for every student.

(Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice, editors Linda Darling-Hammond and Gary Sykes, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, Calif., 1999, 426 pp. with index, hardcover.)