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Fall 2008

020. The Educational Crusade
Charles Dorn M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
Why do you go to school? What is the central purpose of public education in the United States? Should public schools prepare students for college? The workforce? Competent citizenship? Who makes these decisions and through what policy process are they implemented? Explores the ways that public school reformers have answered such questions, from the “Common School Crusaders” of the early nineteenth century to present advocates of “No Child Left Behind.” Examining public education as both a product of social, political, and economic change and as a force in molding American society, we highlight enduring tensions in the development and practice of public schooling in a democratic republic.

101. Contemporary American Education
Doris Santoro T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines current educational issues in the United States and the role schools play in society. Topics include the purpose of schooling, school funding and governance, issues of race, class, and gender, school choice, and the reform movements of the 1990s. The role of schools and colleges in society’s pursuit of equality and excellence forms the backdrop of this study.

202. Education and Biography
Kenneth Templeton T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
An examination of issues in American education through biography, autobiography, and autobiographical fiction. The effects of class, race, and gender on teaching, learning, and educational institutions are seen from the viewpoint of the individual, one infrequently represented in the professional literature. Authors include Coles, McCarthy, Welty, and Wolff.

203. Educating All Students
Doris Santoro T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
An examination of the economic, social, political, and pedagogical implications of universal education in American classrooms. The course focuses on the right of every child, including physically handicapped, learning disabled, and gifted, to equal educational opportunity. Requires a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a local elementary school.

251. Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice
Kathleen O'Connor T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Explores theories and methods of teaching writing, emphasizing collaborative learning and peer tutoring. Examines relationships between the writing process and the written product, writing and learning, and language and communities. Investigates disciplinary writing conventions, influences of gender and culture on language and learning, and concerns of ESL and learning disabled writers. Students practice and reflect on revising, responding to others’ writing, and conducting conferences. Prepares students to serve as writing assistants for the Writing Project.

301. Teaching
Kenneth Templeton T 6:30 - 9:25
A study of what takes place in classrooms: the methods and purposes of teachers, the response of students, and the organizational context. Readings and discussions help inform students’ direct observations and written accounts of local classrooms. Peer teaching is an integral part of the course experience. Requires a minimum of 36 hours of observation in a local secondary school. Education 303 must be taken concurrently with this course.

303. Curriculum
Charles Dorn M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
A study of the knowledge taught in schools; its selection and the rationale by which one course of study rather than another is included; its adaptation for different disciplines and for different categories of students; its cognitive and social purposes; the organization and integration of its various components. Education 301 must be taken concurrently with this course.