…if we are to reconstruct our present so that it may yield better futures, we first need a grip on the materials out of which our present has been constructed in the past. –
Colin Koopman, 2013
Welcome to ED253 School & Society
Foundations of education examined through historical, sociological, and philosophical perspectives to provide a comprehensive understanding of American education and related educational issues in a diverse society. (Pre-requisite for formal admission to teacher education).
ED253-51 | Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 am – 10:45 am Bruening Hall – Boler Sch Bus 32
Professor David Shutkin, Ph.D.
- Office: AD304
- Tel. +1.216.313.2872
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday/Wednesday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
- Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 3 pm
- And by appointment
Selected readings available on eReserve 253edstudies
Course Learning Goals
- To develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary social and political contexts in which schooling occurs, including:
- The complex relationships between school and society;
- The philosophical and policy debates about the purposes and practices of education.
- To develop a socially, politically, and morally conscious stance towards schooling that enables students to act in their classrooms, schools, and communities, as informed advocates for democratic decision-making and just social relations.
- To develop the knowledge and skills to participate in national and international educational discourse regarding education policy.
- To develop a critical awareness of education and schooling vis-à-vis development and globalization.
- To develop a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values related to the historical, social, and cultural contexts of schooling.
- To improve reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, all of which are essential for both a professional career as a teacher and effective advocacy for justice as a citizen.
Goals of Education Studies
- Use historical, philosophical, and cultural concepts and theories developed within the humanities and the social sciences to:
- Examine, understand, and explain education within different contexts; and
- Analyze the intent, meaning, and effects of educational institutions, including schools.
- Examine and explain education in light of value orientations;
- Understand normative and ethical behavior in educational development;
- Recognize the presence of normative influences in educational thought and practice;
- Probe the nature of assumptions about education and schooling;
- Examine the relation of policy analysis to values and the extent to which educational policymaking reflects values; and
- Develop value positions regarding education on the basis of critical study and reflection.
- Employ normative interpretations to develop inquiry skills;
- Question educational assumptions and arrangements;
- Identify contradictions and inconsistencies among social and educational values, policies, and practices;
- Employ democratic values to assess educational beliefs, policies, and practices in light of their origins, influences, and consequences;
- Examine,understand, and explain educational proposals, arrangements, and practices;
- Develop a disciplined sense of policy-oriented educational responsibility; and
- Develop an awareness of education and schooling in light of their complex relations to culture.