501 Philosophical and Psychological Theories of Learning
course examines the basic philosophical and psychological assumptions
that affect the process of education in order to assess decisions
regarding teaching and learning.
The goal of the course is to enable educators to examine the theoretical
assumptions that underlie their own practice of education as a tool
by which they can become more accomplished reflective practitioners.
488 Multicultural Perspectives in Childhood and Youth
course examines the impact of different backgrounds and life
experiences on children and youth from many different multicultural
life circumstances through the reading of memoirs and novels of
childhood and youth and the viewing of movies on the educational
experiences of children and youth.
The goal of the course is to give educators more insight into the
many kinds of diversity that they may encounter in their teaching.
488 The Philosophy of Education
course examines philosophical topics of importance to educators
in depth. Education is a purposeful, rational activity, in pursuing
which educators intend to select good means to wise ends. In
doing so, educators must examine traditional philosophical assumptions
about human beings, the nature of knowledge, the principles governing
ethical and social behavior, and others with an eye to how they
influence education in today's multicultural society. The course
included an examination of theories of race, ideas about how
to set up a fair and just society, ideas of what constitutes
a good life, and other topics pertinent to multicultural education.
I plan to title this course "Philosophy of Multicultural
Education" the next time I have the opportunity to teach
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203 The Social Foundations of American Education
course focuses on the multicultural conditions confronting schools
in the United States, which requires examining significant social
and cultural challenges, legal and judicial
issues, the economics and politics of schooling, the history and
philosophy of education, and the nature of curriculum and instruction. The
goal of the course is to prepare preservice teachers to become
reflective practitioners by giving them the theoretical tools to
undertand educational practice, both past and future.
220 Western Humanities, Part One:
Humanities acquaints students with some classics of western
thought that grapple with general issues involved in living a good
human life. The readings examine ethical principles that inform
individual choice, political theories that enable human beings
to achieve a fulfilling life as members of a community, and ideas
concerning human beings’ place in the cosmos. The course
places these ideas in their historical context. Part One of
Western Humanities covers readings from the Bible and classical
Greece to Shakespeare. The goal of the course is to
give students the opportunity to consider ideas important to the
western tradition and human life in general.
220 Summer Western Humanities, Part One, in Athens
course is the same as the above, Western Humanities Part One, but
is taught on location in Athens.
221 Western Humanities, Part Two:
Humanities acquaints students with some classics of western thought
that grapple with general issues involved in living a good human
life. The readings examine ethical principles that inform individual
choice, political theories that enable human beings to achieve
a fulfilling life as members of a community, and ideas concerning
human beings’ place in the cosmos. The course places these
ideas in their historical context. Part two covers from
the Scientific Revolution in the West to the present era. The
goal of the course is to give students the opportunity to consider
ideas important to the western tradition and human life in general.
105 Critical Reading and Writing
writing intensive seminar, this course bases writing assignments
on readings related to education. Students practice
all stages of the writing process, including keep a reading journal
containing responses to the texts and ideas for writing projects,
drafting essays, sharing essays with their
peers, critiquing, and rewriting essays. Student learn editing
skills learning to correct common
errors in each other's essays. The goal of the course is to improve
the writing skills students need for success in college.
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