Spring 2013 Courses

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101. Contemporary American Education
Casey Meehan T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Searles-215
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.

101. Contemporary American Education
Kathryn Byrnes T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Hubbard-Conf Room West
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.

203. Educating all Students
Doris Santoro M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Banister-106
An examination of the economic, social, political, and pedagogical implications of universal education in American classrooms. Focuses on the right of every child, including physically handicapped, learning disabled, and gifted, to equal educational opportunity. Requires a minimum of twenty-four hours of observation in a local secondary school.

265. Using the Environment to Educate
Casey Meehan T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Sills-117
One critique of K-12 schooling is that it separates the learning happening within the school walls from the places people inhabit. This course explores the prospects and challenges of connecting the natural environment and community surroundings with formal K-12 educational settings, and investigates the historical and theoretical underpinnings of environmental education, place-based education, outdoor education, and sustainability education. Special attention given to the pedagogical dilemmas and opportunities these forms of education pose for teachers preparing students to live in a democratic society.

302. Student Teaching Practicum
Doris Santoro
Required of all students who seek secondary public school certification, this final course in the student teaching sequence requires that students work full time in a local secondary school from early January to late April. Grading is Credit/D/Fail. Education 304 must be taken concurrently. Students must complete an application and interview.

304. Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Seminar
Doris Santoro M 4:00 - 6:55 Riley House-106
Taken concurrently with Education 302, Student Teaching Practicum. Considers theoretical and practical issues related to effective classroom instruction.

325. Mindfulness in Education
Kathryn Byrnes T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Buck Center-211
An exploration of the educational techniques/methods that human beings have found, across cultures and time, to concentrate, broaden, and deepen awareness of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. Holistic and interdisciplinary lens on the theory and processes of how people learn. Focus on educational models that encourage and foster mindful learning such as Montessori and Waldorf. Seminar-style dialogue on course readings complemented by contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, tai chi.