This course examines the cultural, social, historical and personal factors that interact with the educational environment and impact student experience, opportunity and success in school settings. While exploring issues such as poverty, ethnicity, race, and gender, students will learn how schools in general, and teachers in particular, include or exclude students. Participants will critically examine institutional policies and paradigms and learn how to create healthy, academically rigorous, and inclusive environments where all students can find success. This course could include practicum experiences.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 5140 Instructional Practice and Curriculum Design or permission of the program director.
Students will develop a philosophical base and the skills needed to discuss and analyze curricula and curricular issues in a school setting. A course project using these skills and perspectives will serve as the launch of the action research project. By the completion of this course, participants will identify a problem, create a research proposal, and choose a research coach.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 5130 Becoming a Reflective Practitioner.