SYLLABUS & CALENDAR
Social Foundations of Education

 

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I. Course Description

This course examines models of the schoolÕs relationships to other social institutions, investigating how such relationships affect schooling practice with particular emphasis on understanding the pressures that affect such concens as teacher dropout rates, student achievement and public support for the schools.

II. Major Course Objectives

A. Class members will understand and be able to function as critical practitioners in dealing with the relation between the school and other social institutions. A particular emphasis is placed on two kinds of skills:

a. dealing with practical school problems and developing policy to address them;
b. analyzing educational controversy and developing approaches to deal with it.

B. PREREADING FOR COURSE: Go to http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/VisionDelusion.html

The texts for the course will be: (No texts or multimedia will be available until after planning has been done on Jan 13th.)

Clabaugh & Rozycki Materials for the Social Foundations of Education NewFoundations Press 2009 on CD:

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1. School and Society: a systemic view
2. Governance, Law, Finance & Teaching: the Nuts & Bolts of Schooling
3. A Brief History of Education
4. Workbook: Social Foundations of Education
Clabaugh & Rozycki, Analyzing Controversy, Fourth Edition NewFoundations Press 2008

This CD will be available at the first class. Also, a number of articles to be downloaded from WWW.

 

C. Course related documents may be found with the search engines at the following interlinked websites:

Other relevant texts and documents are available on the World Wide Web

III. Learning Activities

Teaching methodologies will include the use of lectures, dialogue, diagnostic session, visual displays, question and answer periods, case studies, situational simulations and immediate evaluation feedback.

IV. Evaluation

The following grades are used: A (4.0); A- (3.7); B+ (3.3); B (3.0); B- (2.7); C+ (2.3); C (2.0); F (0.0)

The grade of I (incomplete) is given when the course requirements have not been met for excuseable reasons. The maximum limit for completing an incomplete grade is one calendar year. A student may withdraw from the course for any reason at any time prior to the completion of the course and shall receive the grade of W. Pennsylvania Teaching Certification requires a minimal grade of B.

V. Requirements

A. Group/Individual Presentations: 1) A synopsis of readings will be presented to the class and discussion led on an application of that material.

B. Examinations and/or additional optional assignments: quizzes, short essays or projects may be offered as optional work. All required material must be minimally adequate and may be resubmitted once. Inadequately prepared optional work will not be counted, nor can it be resubmitted. A final examination may be given.

C. Papers: Several short papers are assigned which analyze required field experiences and simulations in terms of theories reviewed in class.

VI. Appeal Procedure for Student Academic grievances. (See Student Handbook.)

VII. Academic Fraud

The Center for Education strictly enforces the UniversityÕs policy on cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud. Commission of such makes the student liable to sanctions ranging from failure in the course to expulsion from the University. (See appropriate parts of the Student Handbook.)

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Default Calendar TO BE ACCOMMODATED TO PARTICIPANTS
(Activities and Assignments may vary )
of Themes & Activities for Spring 20xx
includes Reading Guide
Social Foundations of Education

dates TBA

Focus Question

Topic

Workshop

Presentation

WKBK Addenda AnCon

Nuts&
Bolts

School & Society

1/13

What is the scope of this course?

Administration, Assignments
Instructional Model

Professional expectations: events -- structures

Teacher Dropouts

W53, 85, 119   AC1, appxA, B,    

1/20

What do schools do?

Mission v Function (web)

SIM: school goals

W33 films AC2, 3, 9 N1 ,2 SS1, 2

1/27

What is expected of schools?

Images & Benefits

Slogan analysis
Pseudo-solutions

W49 priorities AC4, 5, 6    

2/7

What are school problems?

Prob Analysis

(Hyp Ex 1)

Analyzing Controversy

  Hypothesizing AC7, 8, 12 N 3, 4, 5  

2/3

How can we deal with conflict?

Functions of Conflict: Bangin' in Little Rock

 (Hyp Ex 2)

(FILMS)

W41   AC11    

2/10

Digressions

How to Operationalize

Fair Play v Fair Share

W37, 39, 167, 189   AC13, 14   SS3, 4

2/17

Are school controversies real?

Prioritizing Values

Dealing with Controversy

  W183   AC10, 15 N6, 7, 8
SS 5-7

2/24

Review
(School Violence)

Fair Play v Fair Share
Random Drug Test SIM

Criteria / Authority

(Hyp3)

Prob Analysis DUE W171 TestSIM AC16, 17  
SS8-11
3/3
SPRING BREAK

3/10

How do people differ?

Culture, Race & Ethnicity

Wayward Girl SIM

Sch Bd Report DUE

W121

Basic Org Conflicts

RanPop

AC18 N13, 14  

3/17

How is society changing? 

Social Class
Multiculturalism

Education & Immigration

Film Comp DUE

W83 Longevity
Status, voc
     

3/24

Organization vs. People?

Basic Org Conflicts

Policy
(HypEx 5)

Controversy Analysis DUE

         

3/31

What should be taught?

Curriculum

Inclusion

 

 

         
4/7

Teaching Today
Productivity, accountability

Production Models

Teacher Dropouts Revisited

Ritual vs Achievement

         
4/14
RESEARCH                
4/21
RESEARCH                
4/28
RESEARCH                

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