Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: The Study of Education|
|Course Cluster: Education Studies Minor|
This course will focus on three major topics and how they relate to current educational policy debates. The first topic will be an examination of the fundamental purpose of school. We will discuss theoretical and empirical perspectives on why schools exist and ways in which school purpose varies by school type (e.g., public, private, charter) and location (e.g., by state and country). The second topic to be covered relates to the implementation of school mission. In this context, we will reflect on how theories of child development, student motivation, classroom management, and pedagogy inform instructional practice. Finally, the third major topic that will be covered is how to determine whether schools are achieving their stated goals. We will examine the appropriate (and inappropriate) uses of assessment for understanding whether students are learning, whether teachers are effective, and whether a school has a positive or negative climate.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)(SISP)
Williams, W., & Sternberg, R.J (2009). Educational Psychology (2nd Ed). ISBN: 0205626076
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two in-class examinations. Two group presentations. One final 20-page paper. Several shorter (2-page) response papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a column 2 breadth requirement course.
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