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Foundations of Teacher Educatn


3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Issues and contending viewpoints about issues currently shaping the discourse about teaching and teacher education in America.

Purposes of education

Students will be able to articulate the multiple and sometimes conflicting purposes of schooling in a democratic society

External influences on education

Students will be able to: 

  • identify the major social, political, and economic forces that shape our schools and educational policies and practices
  • place these policies and practices in cultural, historical and philosophical perspective
  • comprehend how differences in race, culture, gender, ability and income affect educational opportunity

Manage systems

Students will be able to identify ways to manage institutional and systemic forces so that schooling is informed by high educational ideals.