Writing about Teaching: An Exploration of American Educational Ideals through Writing and Film (FYS)|
|Course Cluster: Education Studies Minor|
This seminar explores conceptions of teaching and learning through examination of fictional, ethnographic, and documentary accounts of teachers and their work. We will examine the portrayal of teaching in literature, creative nonfiction, journalism, and scholarly field research, as well as in film. What do these forms of representation tell us about cultural perceptions of schooling, teaching, and learning in the 20th and 21st century? What can we learn from close analysis of the ways in which authors use words and images to portray teachers and students? Participants in this seminar will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own perceptions of teaching and learning, to ground those perceptions in a philosophy of education, and to explore the ways in which writing well about teaching, from many disciplinary perspectives, can impact the profession and our understanding of the enterprise of teaching and learning. Students will practice a variety of modes of writing (critical and analytical essays; personal essays; creative writing; brief ethnography and Lightfoot's social science "portraiture" method) and analysis of both writing and film, as well as visual thinking strategies and techniques for observing and documenting cultures of learning.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings include literary accounts of teaching, journalistic and other media representations, social science research articles, and readings in philosophy of education. Documentary and fictional/dramatic films representing teachers and schooling will be viewed and analyzed, as well.
Rose, WHY SCHOOL? (ISBN 978-1595589385)
Goldstein, THE TEACHER WARS (ISBN 978-0345803627)
Lightfoot, THE GOOD HIGH SCHOOL (ISBN 978-0465026968)
Kidder, AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN (ISBN 978-0380710898)
Vilson, THIS IS NOT A TEST (ISBN 978-1608463701)
Dintersmith, WHAT SCHOOL COULD BE (ISBN 978-0691180618)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments will include critical and analytical essays; personal essays; creative writing; and brief ethnography based on observation & interviews of teachers.
|Instructor(s): Grillo,Amy Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: PAC136; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|