EDUC 201 - School and Society
Students engage in an exploration of the state of American education today as it reflects the diversity and complexity of the U.S. democratic society. The focus is on how external realities including political and economic decisions in local communities influence schools, curricula, and the work of classrooms. Units on school law and professional ethics are included in the course.
The course emphasizes developing understanding of cultural, ethnic, social, socio-economic, and gender diversities and the ethical responsibility teachers have to meet the needs of all learners. The importance of culturally competent teaching is also addressed.
Consultation and collaboration with practicing teachers and classmates will be a prominent feature of the course as candidates complete a comprehensive Street Project. While completing the Street Project candidates collaboratively explore the cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diversities throughout the St Louis region. In light of these experiences, candidates reflect on how their personal histories have shaped their assumptions and beliefs, and how their vision of teaching fits within a culturally-competent model.
Related Courses: EDUC-501
Corequisite: EDUC-200 and EDUC-309