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Enhancing Professional Practice:

Title 2:
A Framework for Teaching, 2nd. Ed.
Charlotte Danielson
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The comprehensive framework presented in Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching is based on the Praxis III criteria, augmented to apply to experienced as well as to novice teachers. It identifies those aspects of a teacher's responsibilities that have been documented through empirical studies and theoretical research as promoting improved student learning. Although they are not the only possible description of practice, these responsibilities seek to define what teachers should know and be able to do in the exercise of their profession.

In this framework, the complex activity of teaching is divided into 22 components clustered into the following 4 domains of teaching responsibility:

  • Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
  • Domain 2: The Classroom Environment
  • Domain 3: Instruction
  • Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities

Each component defines a distinct aspect of a domain; two to five elements describe a specific feature of a component. 

The second edition ofEnhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching includes additions and revisions:

  • The importance of state curriculum frameworks and standards has been recognized throughout the framework.
  • In the first edition, Component 3d was restricted to what its name suggested: Providing Feedback to Students. In the second edition, it has been expanded to incorporate other elements of using assessment in instruction. In the new 3d, providing feedback to students is merely one element of a broader concept. This expansion has resulted in a slight revision to Component 1f, Assessing Student Learning. It is now clearly situated within Domain 1 (Planning and Preparation) and has been renamed Designing Student Assessments.
  • In the first edition of the framework for teaching, Component 4d was called Contributing to the School and District. It is clear, however, that teachers' engagement with their schools and districts is not in addition to their regular work; rather, it is integral to that work. Hence, Component 4d in the second edition of the framework for teaching has a new name: Participating in a Professional Community. The elements are the same; only the name is different.
  • The expanded second edition of this book includes frameworks for a host of education specialists, including school nurses, counselors, and psychologists. These specialists work closely with teachers and administrators, and all work together for the benefit of the students, as the expanded frameworks in Chapter 5 describe.
  • Common themes such as equity and high expectations are manifested in much of the work of teaching. In the second edition, the incorporation of those themes in the rubrics is more explicit than was the case in the first edition.


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