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Praxis: Family & Consumer Science Education - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you can delve into the historical foundations of education, and learn about the specialized philosophical concerns connected to the profession. Prepare for the Praxis II: Family & Consumer Sciences exam through this study of educational planning, implementation and assessment. Lessons on the following topics are available in this chapter, aimed especially at family and consumer science concepts for teachers:
- The social, historical and economic foundations of education
- Special issues faced by today's teachers
- Unique characteristics of family and consumer science education
- Effective classroom techniques and consistent classroom management strategies
- Assessment use, forms, types, results and quality
- Instruction adaptations for meeting students' needs
Qualified instructors offer clear and informative lessons. You can watch the videos, read the transcripts and take the quizzes to check your understanding. Going back to review select topics is simple, since there are video tags to point you to just the right spots.
Praxis: Family & Consumer Science Education Objectives
The Praxis II: Family & Consumer Sciences content area test assesses most of the concepts in this chapter through the section concerned with education in this field. That portion composes about 19% of the exam and contains approximately 23 multiple-choice questions.
In addition to analyzing your understanding of these essential topics, this test also looks for your demonstration of readiness to teach this subject matter to middle and high school students. Our multiple-choice quizzes can be particularly beneficial to you, since you'll gain experience with many of the same kinds of questions that may appear on the exam.
1. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies
We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.
2. Becoming an Effective Teacher
Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.
3. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
4. Classroom Management Techniques
Managing the classroom is a challenge that all teachers face, and the decisions and actions a teacher takes in this area are extremely influential. In this lesson, we discuss different aspects of classroom management and the importance of creating a plan before the term begins.
5. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments
Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.
6. Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations
If you have ever attended a public school or college you have been subjected to a form of standardized assessment. These assessments serve multiple purposes and provide valuable information regarding one's abilities, understanding and potential. This lesson will introduce you to the types of standardized assessments commonly used in schools and discuss two other types of assessments: formative and summative.
7. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity
Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.
8. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution
Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.
9. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom
Assessments are excellent tools in the classroom. Used properly, they provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. However, if misused, assessments can misrepresent the actual knowledge and learning taking place in the classroom. This lesson will discuss the use and misuse of standardized assessments.
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