Spring 2011 Courses

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101. Contemporary American Education
Charles Dorn T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
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.

203. Educating All Students
Charles Dorn T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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 elementary school.

211. Education and the Human Condition
Doris Santoro T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
Explores the relationship between education and being/becoming human. Topics may be guided by the questions: What does it mean to be an educated person? How can education lead to emancipation? How might teaching and learning lead to the good life? What is our responsibility to teach the next generation? Readings may include works by Hannah Arendt, John Dewey, W.E.B. DuBois, Plato, Jacques Rancière, among others.

215. Adolescents in School
Kathryn Byrnes W 6:30 - 9:25
Engages students in a study of adolescent development within the context of teaching and learning in schools. How do adolescents learn and develop? Why are identity and context so influential in adolescent learning and development? What practices and principles can schools/adults employ to promote adolescent engagement, motivation, interest in and skills for learning? Begins with classic conceptions of identity development, then moves to more contemporary understandings of adolescence as it both affects and is affected by school. Topics include physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of the secondary school student and how this development impacts and is impacted by the learning environment.

230. Latinos and Latinas in the United States: Migration, Education, and Community Development
Mariana Cruz TH 6:00 - 8:55
Explores the experiences of Latino/as, the fastest growing minority group in the United States, from a critical lens that centers three important themes: identity, education, and politics. Questions explored include: Who are the “Latino/as” in the United States? What are the differences between Hispanics, Latino/as, Latin Americans, and Chicano/as? What are the experiences of Latino/as in United States schools? How might educators, activists, and policymakers engage these questions in order to better understand and serve Latino/as a whole? Includes a service-learning and action-research component.

302. Student Teaching Practicum
The Department
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. Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Doris Santoro M 4:00 - 6:55
Taken concurrently with Education 302, Student Teaching Practicum. Considers theoretical and practical issues related to effective classroom instruction.

304. Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Kathryn Byrnes M 4:00 - 6:55
Taken concurrently with Education 302, Student Teaching Practicum. Considers theoretical and practical issues related to effective classroom instruction.