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Course Description

This course provides an overview of education in the United States. It examines the issues, problems, and solutions to teaching in a pluralistic society by viewing schools as social institutions that reflect the values and dynamics of a society. It focuses on the history, politics, theories and approaches to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children and analyzes career opportunities and new directions in education. For students who wish to expand their knowledge of education in America, and those who wish to explore careers in teaching. This course includes a Service Learning component that will encourage students to explore and apply concepts from the class. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to compare schools in the United States from the historical past to current times, encompassing the multiple issues of inequality that include social, cultural, and political-philosophical problems and their effects on specific groups in American society.
  • Students will be able to integrate the silenced perspectives of non-Eurocentric, underrepresented voices on the topics of history and philosophy of American education with the traditionally held Eurocentric views.
  • Students will be able to assess parent/community/school dynamics in the context of a culturally and linguistically diverse society and their relationship to students, and to teaching and learning.
  • Students will be able to analyze how schools contribute to and perpetuate sex-role, racial, ethnic and other stereotyping.
  • Students will be able to discuss the political, economic, social, and technological trends (in terms of culture and equity) and their potential impact on educational institutions as they relate to multicultural and multilingual students' achievement.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the responsibilities and professional commitments expected of classroom teachers and the motivations involved in pursuing a career in the teaching field
  • Students will be able to formulate a critical social consciousness of teachers' contributions to social justice in the classroom in the 21st century
  • Students will be able to participate in and contribute to the success of classroom(s) and a school site

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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