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Summer 2017 Course Offerings

ED 130 Human Development and Learning
This course is an introduction to theories of human development and learning, with a particular focus on relevance to education. The course will investigate primarily constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives. Experiences with a fundamental methodology (the clinical interview) are incorporated. The course is much like a seminar, in that students will read and discuss different theories and perspectives; all students are expected to drive their own learning throughout the semester.

ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
Starting with a history of special education, this course introduces students to effective responses to the diverse needs of exceptional learners in an inclusive classroom. Building on a strengths perspective, topics include brain and biological development and supporting students with reading disabilities, executive functioning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and mood and behavioral disorders in schools. Emphasizing the need for collaboration among school professionals, students participate in a case study and consultation project.

ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
Explores educational institutions and the various external and internal societal forces that shape them. Attention to critical, ethnographic studies of schooling. Emphasis on dynamics of gender, race, class, and sexuality as organizing forces of schooling and society.

ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
Considers the history of education within the borders of the United States as a struggle over access and resources, and as assertion of sovereignty or independence. Attention to reproduction of and resistance to hierarchies of class, race, gender, nation, and sexuality. Emphasizes the struggles of groups to gain access to or determine their own schooling in the 19th and 20th centuries.

ED 168 Pedagogies
Examines a range of pedagogical theories, traditions, and models, including: culturally relevant, critical, feminist, queer, and critical race. Explores the connections between and among culture, institutional structure, policy, and pedagogy through an emphasis on praxis. Junior, Senior, Grad, or consent of instructor.

ED 183 Grammar and Writing for Teachers
The teaching and learning of grammar and writing in the context of research, classroom practice, diverse populations, and high-stakes testing. Topics include composition theory, writing in a variety of genres, the implementation of writing programs K-12, teaching grammar in the context of composition and real-life situations, teaching Standard Written English to students of color and bilingual students, and response and evaluation. A thorough review of English grammar is included.

ED 184 Geography in the Curriculum
Study of five themes adopted by the National Geographic Alliance: location, place, relationships within place, movement, and regions. Examination of recently developed curriculum materials for teaching these themes.

ED 185 Economics in the Social Studies Curriculum
This course will focus on the fundamental economic concepts that middle and high school history and social studies teachers are expected to understand and incorporate into their curriculum. Using examples from history, students will study critical economic concepts, with special attention given to state curriculum frameworks and expectations for educator licensure, as well as social studies curriculum development. An economics text, primary source documents and current articles will be used to analyze concepts and content. At the end of the course, students will be required to create a model curriculum unit using interactive pedagogies that employ the economic concepts they have learned.

ED 191AE Special Topics: STEAM
This class examines the topic of color through the lens of the humanities and aesthetics to mine the ways visual literacy can inform and interface with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Specifically, students in this class will be introduced topics relevant to the socio- economic and cultural history of color as well as its perceptual and aesthetic reception in the applied arts. Carefully chosen studio exercises (including drawing and color mixing/blending) performed in class and at home are an integral part of the course; these exercises enable students to explore how visual arts can complement teaching and learning STEM content and will develop students’ artistic sensitivity, inform their perception of color, and hone visual sensibilities. All planned class activities, field trips, and readings inform robust weekly discussions in which students share their experiences developing teaching content through an enriched and chromatic visual analysis.

Session offering and Registration: Summer School