What really constitutes school success? Is a liberal education the best education? Do teachers treat children from different backgrounds unfairly? What aspects of society do schools reproduce? These are some of the questions that students will examine in this introductory course on contemporary educational theory and practice in schools. Using theoretical autobiography as a tool, students will build an understanding of major social theories that have shaped their thinking about educational problems. In addition, students will construct and reconstruct their own theoretical perspective to educational trends and debates in the United States. The course requires the completion of 15 structured contact hours in a school, a midterm and a final review.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.