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Models of Teaching
by Jeanine Dell'Olio & Tony Donk

Education Professors Co-Author Textbook
Posted January 30, 2007

HOLLAND - Jeanine Dell'Olio and Tony Donk of the Hope College education faculty have co-authored "Models of Teaching," a textbook designed for students en route to becoming teachers themselves.

The book is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying elementary or secondary teaching methods. "Models of Teaching" presents 10 different approaches to teaching, using case studies to show how each can be implemented at both the elementary and secondary level. The book also addresses how the models can be implemented to incorporate state content standards and technology standards. In addition to the book itself, related resources include a Web-based study site for students and a compact disc with additional materials for course instructors.

"'Models of Teaching' is a great asset for beginning teachers as they integrate their pre-service training with the standards-based curricula in schools," said Amany Saleh of the faculty at Arkansas State University. Margaret M. Ferrara of the University of Nevada at Reno noted, "'Models of Teaching' provides excellent case studies that will enable students to 'see' models of teaching in practice in the classroom."

Scheduled for distribution in mid-February, "Models of Teaching" is already in use at Hope in draft form as one of the texts for the upper-level education course "Elementary Curriculum and Methods."

Dell'Olio and Donk are each full professors of education whose focus is on elementary education. Among their other scholarly publications and presentations, they were both among the contributors to the book "Finding Our Way: Teacher Education in the Liberal Arts Setting," published in 2004 and co-authored by several members of the faculty and staff of the college's department of education.

Dell'Olio has taught at Hope since 1993. For several years she taught in elementary schools and middle schools in New York City and Los Angeles, and she was also a teacher specialist in staff development for the New York City Teacher Centers Consortium. Prior to joining the Hope faculty she taught at Xavier University and The Ohio State University.

Donk joined the Hope faculty full-time in 1996 after previously teaching part-time at the college from 1987 to 1992. He taught at the elementary and middle school levels with the West Ottawa Public Schools for nearly 20 years, from 1977 until becoming a full-time member of Hope's faculty. He has also taught at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.