Teaching and Learning in the Classroom is a course designed to introduce and explore the educational paradigm historically and philosophically. Students survey curriculum practices, teacher effectiveness and the concepts and issues related to K-12 education. Development of personal knowledge base and understanding of the following areas will be enhanced: 1) the competing purposes and values of schools in our society, 2) the nature of the teaching profession, 3) the related impact of local, state, and federal government policies on schools, 4) current educational issues related to health, safety, laws, and protection and 5) effective instructional design. Field experience will be required in the area of observation. The candidates will be introduced to the vital character traits associated with effective teachers.