Critical Issues in Education|
Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning|
This seminar explores critical traditions in education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We investigate a number of nontraditional educational projects, with a focus on the Center for Prison Education's (CPE) college-in-prison initiative. All students will participate in a CPE practicum that will be central to our work, requiring ethnographic research and reflection on teaching, learning, and curriculum development.
Course readings will address the challenges of work with "underprepared" students and the complex problems posed by teachers who bring identities and positions to their work with particular students or groups of students who possess their own, quite different identities and positions. The institutional, intellectual, and political workings of public schools in the contemporary U.S. are the template against which we raise questions and imagine possibilities for education in alternative settings.
Effective Citizenship, Intercultural Literacy
Effective citizenship: this course engages a major institution of contemporary U.S.; it asks students to question, frame, and articulate issues of education in prison as they work with individuals and groups of highly diverse backgrounds, thus developing the capacity to view public issues from different perspectives.
Intercultural literacy: the course requires sustained comparison of teaching, learning, and curriculum development in prison with similar activities in non-incarcerated school settings, and uses ethnographic methods to reflect on prison and school as "cultures."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Mike Rose, LIVES ON THE BOUNDARY
Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich, THE FOX IN THE HENHOUSE; HOW PRIVATIZATION THREATENS DEMOCRACY
Lisa Delpit, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN
Paulo Freire, EDUCATION FOR CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
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Weekly readings and written responses.
Ethnographic fieldnotes as reflections on the practicum in the prison.
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All students in the seminar will also participate in weekly workshops as part of Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education, and will meet regularly with the CA's for this practicum.
POI interviews will be conducted by Professor Barnes on Friday November 12th, 10:00am - 2:00pm and Monday November 15th, from 10:00am - 4:00pm. A POI interview sign up sheet is posted at the Center for the Americas, office #216. (You MUST have a POI interview appointment. Interview 'walk in's' will not be accommodated.)
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