Fall 2017 Course Offerings
Many courses in the department are limited to students enrolled
in one of our degree programs. The following are open to all
students. (Some may require instructor permission).
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New Course this Fall:
ED 091-01 The Language Arts in Action
Mondays 1:30-4:15pm; Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm
In this course, students will learn about literacy development in the K-8
experience, effective research based tutoring practices for a range of students
and developmental approaches to understanding reading and writing. Once each
week, the class will meet at West Somerville School and include an opportunity
for each participant to tutor a WSS student. Open to undergraduates.
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ED 010-01 Teaching and Learning K-12 in History and Social Studies
This course is intended for undergraduate students who have an interest in
exploring issues around teaching and learning in history and social studies in
K-12 schooling. What are the disciplines - history and social studies - and how
have they become what they are now? How is it decided what should be taught, why
and how? And what are the epistemological and curricular frameworks that shape
possible responses to these why/what/how questions? What does it mean to K-12
students to do history? Considering that history and social studies education
are often at the center of crucial debates about national identity and civic
engagement, what is the purpose of schooling, anyway?
ED 011 Observing Theory in Action
Tuesdays 10:30-11:45am; Thursdays 8:05-11:45am
Examination of the current issues facing schools, such as teacher evaluation,
equity in school finance, and high stakes testing. Focus on public schools in
the metropolitan area. Students will spend one morning per week working in a
local high school.
ED 014 Food and Schools
This course, which explores the story of food and schools, will involve
investigations into (1) the students' own school experiences as they relate to
food and school, (2) the history of food in U.S. schools, (3) the ways by which
school food is a battleground for many beliefs about school and society, and (4)
how some schools approach feeding students and teaching about nutrition and
food. A field work component will involve visits to local schools and/or
ED 110 History and Political Science/Political Philosophy Curricula
Introduction to the differing perspectives influencing the history and political
science/political philosophy curricula in middle and secondary education.
Examination of the effective use of inquiry-based vs. content-oriented teaching,
and exploration of the historical legacy of mainstream and alternative
curriculum movements. Students will analyze definitions of multicultural
education and ethnic studies as well as the content, tone, and form of the most
widely used history and political science/political philosophy teaching
materials, while developing their own perspectives on curriculum and ways to
adapt these to diverse school settings. Prerequisite: consent.
ED 111 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in the Science Curriculum
Through interviews of students and readings from science education research,
participants develop multiple perspectives on the development of scientific
knowledge and reasoning, consider current teaching practices in K-20 learning
environments, and design their own instructional plans. Prerequisite: consent.
ED 112 Mathematics Learning Environments
Explores models of learning, reasoning, and understanding in mathematics through
readings from education and cognitive science research, teaching practice, and
experimental interviews in the context of secondary, post-secondary, middle, and
elementary curriculum. Prerequisite: consent.
ED 113 Language Arts Curricula in Middle and Secondary School
An examination of traditional and innovative curricula in the language arts from
a developmental, linguistic perspective. Topics include: language development of
children and adolescents at home, in school, and in the larger community;
history and structure of the English language and its dialects; current
theories, practices, and problems of teaching reading, writing, usage, and
vocabulary in middle and secondary schools.
ED 114 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language
This course explores models of language acquisition, reasoning and understanding
in teaching second languages through readings from linguistics, applied
linguistics, cognitive science, and education. Students connect theory with
practical experience from the context of elementary, middle, and high school
levels. (Cross listed with German GER 114 and Modern Languages ML 114)
ED 116 Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum
This two-semester sequence of courses focuses on the curricula of language arts
and social studies in the fall semester and on mathematics and science in the
spring semester. Emphasis on the intersection between teacher knowledge and
children's understanding of content and concepts. Prerequisite: consent.
ED 119 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in Engineering
Exploration of topics of engineering and engineering education considering both
historical and emerging perspectives. Design of instructional plans and example
lessons to teach specific engineering and design concepts to K-12 students.
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
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
ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice
This discussion-based course explores historical and contemporary efforts to
build more just, equitable, and peaceful communities/societies. While the field
of peace education encompasses multiple domains — from family/home to PreK-12
schools to institutions of higher education and beyond — this course will mainly
focus on the realm of formal schooling. Throughout the semester, we will
consider how structural, institutional injustices and violence are mirrored in
schools, as societal microcosms. Through readings, video clips, guest speakers,
substantive discussions, and writing, we will look at promising current peace
and justice education initiatives.
ED 189 The Role of "Story" in Education
An examination of the role of narrative in education, including storytelling,
autobiographical narrative, journaling, reflection on learning and on teaching
practice, narrative theories, and presentation at conferences and publication.
Attention given to "story" as a way of relating to students K-12, as a means for
teachers to make meaning of their practice, and for students to make sense of
their learning and development. A variety of fiction and non-fiction, theories
of narrative, and educational texts that use narrative as a tool of learning and
reflection will be read. Writing and sharing of writing will be a component of
each class session.
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ED 198 Step Up Boston
Participation in applied activities or in research or educational projects
involving the development of programs and materials in schools and museums, or
in other educational settings, such as those associated with clinical settings,
media studios, or industry. In addition to the field experience, students are
required to attend bi-weekly seminars devoted to the analysis of the theoretical
and practical issues related to the fieldwork. Prerequisite: consent.